AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's golf team aims to contest for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title again this year as they build off of last season's 2nd place showing in the NESCAC tournament, a trip to the NCAA Division III Championships, and three first place tournament finishes on the year.
Head coach Elizabeth Davis enters her third season at the helm of the Mammoths. The 2016-17 WGCA East Region Coach of the Year and the 2017 NESCAC Coach of the Year has led the team to consecutive NESCAC and NCAA Division III Championship appearances.
Last season, the Amherst College women's golf team finished third or better during all five of the fall tournaments, notably winning the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational thanks to a second place individual and three Mammoths tied for fifth overall. They also went on to win the George Phinney Golf Classic with five players inside the top-10.
A cancelled day two at the Vassar Invitational marked the start of the spring portion of the season. The Mammoths opened the spring with a win at their home Jack Leaman Tournament at Hickory Ridge Golf Club with three top-ten finishes and the individual champion. This helped secure the team's spot in the NCAA Division III Championships where they made the cut into the final round before placing 14th out of 25 teams overall.
The Mammoths begin their season with familiarity as they travel to Wellesley, Mass. to compete in the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th-16th, a tournament that they have won the previous two years. "We feel comfortable here at this course, it's a 9-hole course so they play twice, first years get out their nerves and it sets up well for our team in terms of our strengths." said Davis when asked about the opening tournament.
As for the rest of the fall portion of the season, the Mammoths travel to South Hadley, Mass. for the Mount Holyoke Invitational on September 22nd and 23rd. They then will compete in the Williams College Fall Invitational at Taconic Golf Club on September 29th and 30th. A week later they begin October with the NESCAC Championship which will be held at Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury, Vt. on October 6th and 7th. They conclude the fall with the New York University Fall Invitational which takes place on October 13th and 14th at the Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, N.J.
MEET THE TEAM
The Amherst lineup returns three seniors to the core, Katie Rosenberg '19, Maggie Schoeller '19, and Kate Weiss '19, who will all serve as the captains for the upcoming 2018-19 season. "I think they are going to lead the team very well both on the course and off," said Davis when asked about the three senior captains.
Juniors Morgan Yurosek '20, Emily Young '20, and Jessica Jeong '20 also return to the team this year with a lot of experience for the Mammoths. Amongst other performances, Yurosek played a key part in the win last season at the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational where she placed second by shooting a 76 on day one and a 75 on day two. Young also contributed to that tournament by tying for fifth place with a two-day score of 156. Jeong played a key factor in the NESCAC Championship by placing third overall with a day one score of 73 and a day two score of 79 for a 152 total.
Sophomores Lily Worden '21, Serena Lee '21, and Isabelle Ouyang '21 were featured prominently in their debut seasons. Ouyang was the overall winner in the Jack Leaman Tournament with a 74 on day one and an 80 on Sunday. Worden tied for 66th after four days of competition at the NCAA Division III Championships for a combined score of 344. Lee rounded out Amherst's golfers at the George Phinney Golf Classic, posting an 84-88-172 scorecard to place her in the top 25 for the tournament.