Bloomfield, NJ– Today officially marked the last day of a successful fall season with the Ephs winning their fifth title, taking top honors at the NYU Invitational. The Ephs final two-day toatl was 318, 12 shots ahead of host NYU.
The morning started off foggy and chilly as the Ephs rolled up to Forest Hill Field Club around 7AM. The Ephs, with a 10 shot lead after Day 1, were ready to get after it for another win to mark off the season. Ephs knew that they just had to keep their mistakes under control as greens were rolling extremely fast and it was not going to be about playing wicked golf but rather, playing smart golf. And that's just what they did today. Although still not their best performance, the Ephs pulled it together and finished with a total score of 318 to take the win.
The Ephs were led by their youngest player, freshman Catalin Yturralde. She posted a very strong two rounds of 79-76 at a course notorious for being challenging. Yturralde truly showed her grit and persistence as she fought through her round today despite being sick. She was runner-up individually. Next was junior Stella Woo who scored 81-79 to place in fifth. Sophomores Joanna Kim and Olivia White shot 78 and 85 today to place in tied 6th place together with a two day total score of 161. Junior Mehr Sawant was seen struggling a bit and finished with an 86 to place in 19th.
The most exciting of all, in addition to the team victory, came from the Ephs' individual player, junior Holly Davenport, who carded a solid 76 today to finish with a two day total of 151 to win the tournament individually. Davenport won the NYU Invite individually in 2017 as a freshman so it was definitely a good throwback.
"This weekend was really exciting both for me and for the team.," stated Davenport. The course played super tough so I'm proud of my team for pulling through." "We all played really well this season, and I'm excited for us to work hard and play even better in the Spring."
"The team did really well staying patient, and making pars and smart bogies when needed. It secured the win," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said. "Great to see Holly come from an individual spot to win medalist, and it further illustrates the depth of our roster. This is a good segue into the off-season, a well-deserved break for our team, and we know we have work to do coming Spring."
The Ephs will return for their Spring season in April!