Hadley, MA–It was another beautiful, sunny day in the high 80s today at The Orchards. The Ephs finished off strong and took the title with a two-day total score of 599, featuring three even par scores and all top four scores in the 70s. The team's total score for the day was 293, a record score for the course. NYU and Middlebury College came in tied second place with a two day total score of 622.
The team's constant grind not only led to the team's third victory of the season, but also an individual champion playoff between sophomore Olive White and Daniella Bambola from Cortland University, who both shot two-day total scores of 147. It was a one-hole playoff on the 18th hole and the Ephs cheered on as White got ready to head back to the tee.
White pulled out her 3-wood for her first play-off tee shot. The shot took a slightly draw but with an unfortunate bounce, got lost in the lateral hazard. White then proceeded onto her third shot with a 4-iron from the rough of the hazard drop zone. The ball rolled up the green but with a little too much roll, did not stop and continued to roll off the green. She hit a good downhill flop-chip and finished with a two putt to make a double-bogey on the par four. Bambola made an easy par with a two-on two-putt finish to take the individual champion title.
"I was happy with how steady my round was today," stated White. "I had fewer birdies than yesterday but I also stayed out of trouble which helped my score. "The Orchards has its challenges but there are also a few solid birdie holes, and going into this weekend we knew what we needed to capitalize on. The team did a great job navigating the course and maintaining positive energy. There were a lot of birdie signs being sent across fairways!" White was still content with the runner-up finish with the two rounds of 75-72.
Two other Ephs, both freshmen, Malini Rudra and Catalin Yturralde shot 72 today, a very impressive sighting for freshmen who were not used to the course. Rudra finished at T9 and Yturralde finished third in the overall tournament. Sophomore Joanna Kim counted as the fourth score with her 77 (T13) and junior Stella Woo had a frustrating round finishing up with an 85 (T18). Junior Holly Davenport followed up her 74 with a solid 77 and finished in T4.
"This was a great weekend for our team, especially seeing the players learn from yesterday's round and shoot the second lowest one round team score of our program history. Our first-years stepped up today with solid rounds, and it brings confidence to our game to go sub 600 in our first two tournaments this fall," said Ephhead coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said. "We know we haven't started to play our best golf, so that's what we'll continue to work on this week."
The Ephs will play in the George Phinney Golf Invitational next week, Sept. 28-29 at Ralph Myhre Golf Course at Middlebury College.