Williams to Defend NESCAC Title
HADLEY, Mass. – Middlebury College will host the NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship this weekend in conjunction with the George Phinney Jr. Golf Classic at Ralph Myhre Golf Course. The first round of the 36-hole championship begins at noon on Saturday, October 8 with a shotgun start. Play continues on Sunday, October 9 at 9 a.m.
Williams is aiming to defend its title after winning the inaugural NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship last season. The Ephs enter the NESCAC Championship having won their last two tournaments. Williams won its own invitational last weekend behind the play of sophomore Cordelia Chan (Windsor, Ontario), who earned medalist honors with two rounds of 74 and won the tournament by one stroke. Junior Elizabeth Gudas (Binghamton, N.Y.) and senior Sophie Kitchen (Collingwood, Ontario) added a third and fourth-place finish, respectively.
Junior Phoebe Mattana (Demarest, N.J.) led the Ephs to a first-place finish at the Mount Holyoke Invitational. She earned individual medalist honors with a two-day total of 147 and helped the team post a school-record two-day mark of 601. Gudas (148) was runner-up at Mount Holyoke, while Chan (151) placed third. Chan was the top Ephs golfer at the Wellesley Invitational, shooting a score of 154 to lead Williams to second place.
The host Middlebury Panthers finished as runner-up last season and look to contend for the title in 2016. Junior Katherine Fortin (Wellesley, Mass.) has been a consistent performer for the Panthers this year. She earned medalist honors at the Utica Invitational, winning the tournament by five strokes (152) and leading the Panthers to the overall team win. Fortin also posted a pair of top-15 finishes at the Wellesley, Mount Holyoke and Williams tournaments. Classmate Hope Matthews (Greenwich, Conn.) placed second at Utica (157) and posted a pair of top-20 finishes at Wellesley (161) and Williams (159).
Amherst placed third at the NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship last year. The Purple & White opened the 2016 season by winning the Wellesley Invitational. First-year golfer Morgan Yurosek (Irvine, Calif.) carded a two-day total of 149 to earn medalist honors in her collegiate debut. She also posted a top-10 finish at the Mount Holyoke Invitational, where Amherst finished as runner-up. Senior captain Jamie Gracie (Long Beach, Calif.) was the runner-up at the Wellesley Invitational (152) and the top Amherst golfer at the Mount Holyoke Invitational, finishing third overall with a score of 151. Gracie and Yurosek finished fifth and sixth at the Williams Invitational with scores of 154 and 155, respectively.
The Hamilton women’s golf team finished among the top three teams in its first three tournaments this season. Libbie Warner (Richmond, Va.) has paced the Continentals. She won the William Smith Invitational by four strokes with a 36-hole total of 158. She followed up with a career-best score of 157 to finish as runner-up at the Utica Invitational and added a top-15 finish at the Mount Holyoke Invitational. The Continentals enter the NESCAC Championship coming off a sixth-place finish at the Williams Invitational. Senior Katie Veasey (Rumson, N.J.) led Hamilton with a score of 167.
Bowdoin opened the year defeating Bates in individual and match play. The Polar Bears also captured first place at the Maine State Championship, sweeping the first three spots in the results. First-year Caroline Farber (Providence, R.I.) won the tournament with a two-day total of 148. She was followed by bChopra (Dubai) (174) and Meredith Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) (180). Farber was also Bowdoin’s top golfer at the Mount Holyoke Invitational, posting a 36-hole total of 164.
Junior Kelly Wasserman (Middleton, Wis.) has been the top golfer for the Bates Bobcats in every tournament this season. She led Bates in head-to-head play against Bowdoin to open the year and was fourth overall at the Maine State Championship. She posted a score of 181 to help the Bobcats earn runner-up honors as a team. Wasserman also recorded a two-round score of 178 at the Mount Holyoke Invitational.
Wesleyan will be represented by first-year Saadia Neem (Scarsdale, N.Y.).
Results for the NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship will be available following the completion of each day at nescac.com.