Williams Set to Host Inaugural NESCAC Women's Golf Championship

Williams Set to Host Inaugural NESCAC Women's Golf Championship

HADLEY, Mass. – Williams College will host the inaugural NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass. this weekend in conjunction with the Williams Fall Invitational. The first round starts at noon on Saturday, October 10 with a shotgun start and play continuing on Sunday, October 11 at 9 a.m. 

The host Ephs have been on a roll this fall, winning all three tournaments they have competed in so far this season. Williams, which is fresh off capturing the program’s first NCAA Women’s Golf Championship last spring, boasts a deep squad that has produced different first-place finishers at each tournament. Junior Sophie Kitchen (Collingwood, Ontario) started the year by winning the NYU Invitational with a two-day score of 146 to help the Ephs defeat host NYU by seven strokes with a team score of 614. At the Mount Holyoke Invitational the following week, Williams set a new school record by posting a 36-hole score of 605 following the team’s first sub-300 round in program history (297). First-year Cordelia Chan (Windsor, Ontario) earned medalist honors after carding a two-round score of 145. She also established a new team single-round record by firing a 68 on the second day of the tournament. Last weekend at the Middlebury Invitational, sophomores Phoebe Mattana (Demarest, N.J.) and Elizabeth Gudas (Binghamton, N.Y.) were two of four golfers to post matching rounds of 160 at the top of the leaderboard. Mattana had also placed second at the NYU Invitational (150) and the Mount Holyoke Invitational (148).

Amherst has emerged as one of the top contenders to take the conference crown as well. The Jeffs are coming off their best showing of the season with a second-place finish at the Middlebury Invitational where they posted a 36-hole score of 656. Senior Devyn Gardner (Northfield, Minn.) led the charge, tying for first place with a score of 160. In its first tournament of the fall, Amherst took fourth place at the NYU Invitational (642), where first-year Kate Weiss (Greenwich, N.Y.) was the top Jeff finisher. She posted a two-day score of 156 to tie for eighth place individually. Amherst also finished fourth at the Mount Holyoke Invitational with a score of 651 over two rounds. Weiss again paced the Jeffs, as she carded a 36-hole score of 154 to finish in a tie for second place. 

Middlebury has turned impressive results of its own this fall. The Panthers placed fifth at the NYU Invitational (659), third at the Mount Holyoke Invitational (646) and third at its own tournament (668) last weekend. Katherine Fortin (Wellesley, Mass.) has consistently been Middlebury’s top performer so far this season. The sophomore took sixth place at the NYU Invitational following a two-day score of 154, tied for tenth place at the Mount Holyoke Invitational with a two-round score of 160 and turned in her best finish of the season at the Middlebury Invitational, where she tied for first place (160).   

Hamilton has also had success this season, winning the one-day SUNY Cobleskill Invitational with a team score of 347 and taking second place at the two-day Le Moyne Invitational (684). The Continentals also placed fifth at the St. Lawrence Invitational with a 36-hole score of 683. First-year Electra Washburn (New York, N.Y.) provided an instant spark to the team, posting a program-record 75 on the first day of the St. Lawrence Invitational en route to finishing tied for eighth overall (159). She also took medalist honors at the SUNY Cobleskill Invitational after finishing with a round of 83, and later helped Hamilton defeat Nazareth with a two-round score of 160. Classmate Libbie Warner (Richmond, Va.) was the top Continental finisher at the Le Moyne Invitational, where she tied for third with a two-day score of 163.

Bates and Bowdoin round out the teams competing at the NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship this weekend. So far this season, the Bobcats have edged the Polar Bears in three of the four competitions they have played head-to-head. Bates defeated Bowdoin in a dual match to open the season, 351-379, and followed up the performance by winning the Bowdoin Invitational with a two-day team score of 738. The host Polar Bears posted a team score of 758. Bates had a tenth-place showing at the Mount Holyoke Invitational (748) with Bowdoin finishing in 12th place (757). However, the Polar Bears bested Bates at the Middlebury Invitational last weekend by seven strokes, as Bowdoin posted a two-round score of 778 for ninth place and Bates finished tenth (785). Bowdoin sophomore Diya Chopra (Dubai) has been the Polar Bears’ top performer during the last three tournaments, while Bates sophomore Kelly Wasserman (Middleton, Wis.) has paced the Bobcats in three of their four events this fall.
Results of the NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship will be available at the completion of each day on the NESCAC website.

Results for the NESCAC Women's Golf Championship will be available at the completion of each day at nescac.com.