Hadley, MA– The Ephs have a tradition of conquering the Orchards Golf Course and shooting historically low scores where they played today, Mt. Holyoke Invitational. Cordelia Chan, an Eph graduate of 2019, finishing the round on this course with a 67, five under par still remains as a vivid memory to all of the returning Ephs. The past four years at this tournament, the team has broken records: Four years ago, the Ephs shot their first sub-300 round at 298. Three years ago, the team broke their long-standing 36-hole record with a two-day total of 601. Two years ago, the team put together four great scores to break their two-year 18-hole record of 298 with a 296. The Ephs are continuing their grind on attempts at breaking their own records on this course.
The group that played today consisted of two freshmen who had never played the course before. From the early morning, it was clear that the day was going to be beautiful and the sun glazed above the course throughout the whole round, making it a nice mid 80 degrees temperature. The team shot 306 today and are in the lead by 4 strokes, followed closely by Middlebury College with a score of 310.
Mt. Holyoke's head coach Tim Waco began the tournament boasting that the course was in nicer condition than ever before, with the greens rolling at speed of 10+. On this beautiful day to show off their skills, the Ephs came in a bit frustrated at all their missed opportunities.
Today the Ephs were led by junior Stella Woo and sophomore Olivia White, who both shot 75. Woo grinded out her round despite her two double bogeys by making four birdies and White also made four birdies to save her double and bogeys. Woo and White are tied for fourth along with Jessica Wu (NYU).
"The condition was better than ever today and that definitely gave us more rolls and opportunities for making birdies," noted Woo. "I think the common frustration for a lot of us was that we made many small mistakes that prevented us from going really low when we had the opportunity, I have a good feeling that we will all play better as a group tomorrow now that we know what to expect and how to adjust around the greens better. This is a perfect course for us to perform well!"
Sophomore Joanna Kim finished with a 79 after a day of hard, headstrong grind as she managed to keep the score in the 70s. Freshman Catalin Yturralde participated in her first collegiate tournament and came in with a solid 77. Freshman Malini Rudra finished her disappointing round with a 83 and is ready to get back out there and redeem herself tomorrow.
Junior Holly Davenport who came as an individual this weekend fired off the best score of the squad with a 74. "I'm really happy with my round today. I had a really rocky start but I turned it around pretty quickly and was able to shoot a solid score. I'm excited to drop a few more birdie putts tomorrow," said Davenport.
Looking back on the day and getting ready for tomorrow, head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said, "The team showed grit today, and we learned how we can better our game plan for tomorrow. The weather was great, course in excellent condition, so we want to capitalize on our chances. We made a number of birdies today, but we also left quite a few shots out there and we can't wait to get back out there tomorrow."
Tomorrow, the Ephs will tee it up with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.