Wellesley, MA – After two days of fighting through at the Ann S. Batchelder invitational, hosted by Wellesley College, the Ephs claimed their first victory of the season. With another day of strong, low scores, Williams posted a 302 on the second day for a total two day score of 598, 30 strokes ahead of the second place host and team, Wellesley College.
Taking third place was Middlebury College with a total score of 633, followed by Amherst College who stood in fourth place with a score of 646. The top two individual titles were claimed by two Eph sophomores Joanna Kim and Olivia White. Kim claimed the individual title with a 70-73, a total score of 143 and White closely followed and tied for second place with a 72-74, a total score of 146.
"Compared to yesterday's round, I struggled more with greens in regulation and putting. I was, however, still able to make crucial shots when damage control was needed and reduce potential bogeys," commented Kim about her second day round. "I am really proud of how the team pushed through and our two day score of 598. I can't wait to go lower over the next four weeks!" Kim shared her excitement as the Ephs will really dive into the season starting this week.
Freshman Malini Rudra completed her first collegiate tournament with a strong finish and placed fourth with a score of 78-75, 153. Rudra expressed her nervousness in the morning before the round but she showed with her excellent performance that there was no need for such nervousness. Rudra shared, "I had so much fun especially experiencing a team win! I'm looking forward to competing this fall on amazing courses and working to improve my game each and every round." Regarding her own performance for the weekend, she said, "I felt my ball-striking was a lot better and I was happy with my putting. I made three birdies early in the round which gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the holes."
Juniors Holly Davenport and Stella Woo weren't able to get many putts to drop and struggled saving pars here and there. Woo managed to finish off the round with a score of 80 with two birdies, finishing in 13th with a total score of 160. After a long day of constant grind, Davenport came in with a 87, making her two day score of 163 placing her 16th.
Junior Mehr Sawant, who participated as an individual this weekend, came back from her first day round of 83 by posting a 78 on the second day. Sawant placed in 14th with a two-day total score of 161.
"The team's performance this weekend was a good start to the fall season, even though we could see today that we still have work to do. We were a little bit off in our execution, but great to see Jo finish the tournament under par. Her ball-striking hasn't been 100%, but she's been able to score," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson commented about the first weekend of the season. "As a team, we have a solid plan for moving forward, and on Tuesday we start preparing for the Orchards."
The Ephs will make their appearance at the Mt. Holyoke College Invitational next weekend, which has been historically a low-score performing course for the Ephs.