Amherst Among Top Eleven at NCAA Championships

Amherst Among Top Eleven at NCAA Championships

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – After the first day of play at the 2018 NCAA Division III women's golf championships, Amherst College finds themselves in a four-way tie for eleventh place at Mission Inn Resort & Club.

The Mammoths as a team shot a 333, even with Berry College, Washington (St. Louis) and Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Williams each shot 19-over-par 311 on the resort's El Campeon course, taking a 10-stroke lead over their nearest competitors through the first round.

Morgan Yurosek '20 carded a 79 (+6) on Tuesday and sits T-15th place in the field of 130 individual golfers.

Zoe Wong '18 is also a top-fifty finisher after Day 1, scoring an 82 in her opening round. Tied for 55th is Kate Weiss '19, just two strokes back of Wong, while Lily Worden '21 and Isabelle Ouyang '21 are both tied for 81st place with an 88.

On the individual side, Carnegie Mellon's Charlotte Simpson fired an even-par 73 on the day, recording birdies on the course's first and fourth holes while tallying 14 pars and just two bogeys for the round. A trio of Williams players finished the day in the top five, as Cordelia Chan and Holly Davenport came in two strokes back of Simpson in a 3-way tie for second, and Elizabeth Gudas finished the day in fifth place at three back. Jane Hopkinson-Wood from Wittenberg, competing as one of the tournament's six individuals, completed the 3-way tie for second at 2-over.

Carleton, New York University and Carnegie Mellon entered the clubhouse tied for third, finishing their rounds at 29-over 321.  Methodist, DePauw, George Fox, Transylvania and Whitman rounded out the top 10.

The day got off to a roaring start, as Whitman's Shiyang Fan recorded an ace with a five-iron on the 12th hole during the morning wave. She finished the day tied for 24th with a 7-over 80, putting her seven strokes back of the lead.

All 25 teams and six individuals will be back at Mission Inn on Wednesday, with the first groups teeing off at 7:30 a.m. on El Campeon.

The 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship is being co-hosted by Oglethorpe University and the Central Florida Sports Commission, marking the third time that the pair has collaborated to host the tournament at Mission Inn in the last five years.