CORAL SPRINGS, FLA – Six members of Tomas Adalsteinsson's 2019-20 Williams College women's golf team have been accorded Region1/East honors by the Women's Golf Coaches Association. The six all-region honorees in one year is a Williams College women's golf team record.
"I doubt that any golf team in any division has had more than five players on an All-Region team," said Adalsteinsson. "The depth of our roster and how frequently we change our travel roster and line-up, has allowed this to happen. Changing the line-up that often did not cut down on our success in tournaments as we won four out of five tournaments this fall, including the NESCAC Fall Qualifier."
Best of all, every one of the honored Ephs will be back to play next year as this group contains two juniors, two sophomores, and two freshmen. The honored juniors include Holly Davenport and Stella Woo, Joanna Kim and Olivia White are sophomores, and the two freshmen are Malini Rudra and Catalin Yturralde.
This year's Eph team was only able to compete in the fall portion of their schedule as the NCAA shutdown all sports on March 13.
In their five fall tournaments the Ephs won four and finished third once. In their season-opening tourney at Wellesley College the Ephs won the two-day event by 30 shots and Joanna Kim and Olivia White tied for medalist honors.
At Mount Holyoke the next weekend the Ephs won by 23 shots and on the second day the team shot 293 for a team course record at The Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass.
The Ephs' third place finish came at Middlebury College in the George Phinney Classic. At home the following weekend for the Williams Fall Invitational and the NESCAC Fall Qualifier the Ephs got back on the winning trail with a 5-stroke margin of victory. With the win the NESCAC Fall Qualifier the Ephs earned the right to host the spring NESCAC Championship, which determines which NESCAC team advances to the NCAA Tournament. However, the corona virus pandemic canceled all NCAA spring play on March 13 and ended the Eph season before any spring tournaments could be played.
In their final fall tournament the Ephs competed in the NYU Invitational and with Holly Davenport taking medalist honors the Ephs won that event by 12 shots.
Every one of the six Eph honorees posted a stroke average under 80.0.
Stella Woo, Jr. (79.1)
"This fall, Stella continued her great golf from the spring, where all of her rounds were under 80," said Adalsteinsson. "She had worked hard over the summer, while staying in Williamstown for research and her fall highlight was helping the team win the NESCAC Fall Qualifier and Williams Invitational at Taconic, shooting 76-75 for the two rounds, and finishing tied for first place individually."
Holly Davenport, Jr. (79.4)
"Even considering her WGCA All-American performance freshman year, Holly's scoring average this fall was her lowest over three years at Williams," Adalsteinsson pointed out. "Holly finished as a medalist at the NYU Invitational in October with rounds of 75-76, playing as an individual, with Williams securing the team title. An excellent end to our fall season."
Joanna Kim, So. (77.5)
"In our first tournament of the fall, at Nehoiden GC, Jo as a sophomore became the second golfer in the history of our program to finish a tournament under par when she shot 70-73 in the two rounds," noted Adalsteinsson. "This is Jo's second consecutive WGCA All-Region recognition, and her fall performance compliments her first year, where she was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year."
Olivia White, So. (78.1)
"Olive's fall scoring average was almost a full shot lower than her freshman year
Average," stated Adalsteinsson. "She finished second after her teammate Jo in the first tournament of the fall carding 72-74, and a week later led our team to a win at the Mt. Holyoke Invitational, finishing tied for 1st place with scores of 75-72. Her playing certainly set the tone for the team for the remainder of the season."
Catalin Yturralde, Fr. (77.13)
"With the lowest scoring average on the team, Catalin also set the mark for the lowest scoring average for a freshman in our program, bettering her teammate Jo from previous year by .24 shots," Adalsteinsson said. "Catalin's best finish came in the final fall event at NYU where she placed 2nd carding 79-76. Catalin did not score over 80 in a tournament round in the fall, and in addition to that 2nd place finish, she finished 3rd, 4th, and 7th in her other three events."
Malini Rudra, Fr. (78.38)
"With all top-10 finishes in her rookie season, Malini's low round of 72 came in the second round of the Mt. Holyoke Invitational at The Orchards," noted Adalsteinsson She helped our team secure a victory, and card the second lowest team score our program has seen, 293. A great start to her college career."
"The growth of this team has been something I'm extremely proud of," stated Adalsteinsson. "Their determination to get better and improve everyday has pushed us to where we are today, and it was frustrating we weren't able to see this year through to the end. But we will take the learnings from this year with us, and it motivates us even more to do better next year. Not only was the on-course performance outstanding, but we were also on track to accomplish the highest team GPA our team has seen. These incredible young women are setting a high standard of excellence for Williams Golf."