September 12, 2002
The 2001-2002 Amherst women's golf team, powered by a strong combination of veteran experience and blossoming rookie talent, made its mark on the national scene. The Jeffs negotiated a season that turned heads both regionally and nationally, culminating with a third-place team finish in the NCAA Division III Championships and a fourth-place individual finish by first-year phenom Emily Foran.
The fall portion of the Jeffs' intense nine-tournament schedule left Head Coach Michelle Morgan with several promising performances, including a fourth-place team mark at the Mount Holyoke Invitational at the end of September. While their teammates were at Mount Holyoke, juniors Jeannie Limpert and Kasarin Chakkaphak represented Amherst at the NESCAC Individual Tournament, placing first and second, respectively. The squad followed up two weekends later, capping the fall with a first-place showing at the Lady Eph Invitational at Williams College.
Despite the loss of two players – senior Jamie Ratner and first-year Sarah Godwin – in the spring, the second half of the season was nothing less than impressive, capped by Amherst's appearance – and dominant performance in – the national championship tournament. Along the way, the Jeffs picked up a third-place finish at the Massachusetts State Championships and a sixth-place slot at the Northeast Championships, along with a first-place finish at the Wellesley Inn/Hartford Invitational. Overall, the 2001-02 season painted a bright picture for the future of Amherst women's golf, with the promise of rookies maturing and gaining experience in the years to come.
The Jeffs lose just one player to graduation, three-year captain Jamie Ratner. A consistent player, Ratner proved herself a leader by example, performing well under pressure and laying the groundwork for a solid program over her four-year tenure. In the fall of 2001, Ratner set the pace for her teammates at the Mount Holyoke Invitational, shooting an 84-81-165 for a fifth-place mention. Twice, Ratner was named to the Division III All-Scholar Team by the National Golf Coaches Association, along with teammate Katie Gravel.
The Amherst women's golf program will remain strong, resting on the shoulders of talented headliners. Sophomore Emily Foran will try to follow through on her rookie season, during which she was granted Honorable Mention All-American accolades by the National Golf Coaches Association. Foran, who will repeatedly be in the running for a national championship during her Amherst career, will turn to seniors Jeannie Limpert and Katie Gravel for guidance this year. Both took leadership roles following Ratner's absence during the spring of 2002. Sophomore Meg Sullivan, who spent her first year making the transition into competitive golf, should be able to bank on her rookie year to build an impressive dossier at Amherst. Sullivan shot a solid 84 over the last round of the NCAA Tournament to lead her teammates. Junior Kathryn Kuchefski will continue what has become an outstanding career, and look to join Foran at the top ranks in this spring's NCAA Tournament. The squad will also hope to return promising sophomore Sarah Godwin, who took a leave of absence from the team during the spring of 2002.
Women's Golf Sets Sights on 2003 NCAA Tournament
September 12, 2002