MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – No. 22 Amherst women's golf is set to travel to the fourth annual NESCAC Championship on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury, Vt. The event, which is held in conjunction with the George Phinney Jr. Golf Classic, will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
The Mammoths return as the NESCAC Runner-Ups from last season when they tied for second with New York University for a combined score of 624 on the tournament. Jessica Jeong '20 led Amherst after two days of competition by carding a 73 on day one and a 79 on day two (152).
This season, the Purple and White had a successful start to their fall campaign as they were able to notch two tournament victories out of the three that they traveled to. Amherst went on to win the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational for the third consecutive year with a two-day score of 611, led by Morgan Yurosek '20 who was the medalist with a top score of a 146 on the weekend. The Mammoths followed that up a week later with a first place finish at the Mount Holyoke Invitational with a 313 on day one and a 306 on day two (619). Amherst capped off their September schedule as they placed third at the Williams College Fall Invitational.
Amherst returns four of the five golfers who competed in last year's championship. Yurosek and Isabelle Ouyang '21 both earned All-NESCAC First Team Honors last season, while Ouyang was named the 2017 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. First-year India Gaume '22 finished three strokes behind Yurosek in the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational (75-74-149) and was able to tie for ninth at both the Mount Holyoke and Williams tournaments. Emily Young '20 also contributed to the first two tournaments by tying for 10th (79-80-159) at Wellesley, then marked a 162 (81-81) at the Mount Holyoke Invitational.
Jeong helped the Mammoths at the Williams College Fall Invitational as she tied for 28 with a combined score of 168 (84-84). Sophomore Lily Worden '21 also marked a 79 on day one at Mount Holyoke, cutting one stroke off her score on day two to finish with a 157 on the weekend.
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Williams opened the season at the Dartmouth Invitational, playing against several of the top Division I teams in the region, and finished 10th. The Ephs earned second place at the Mount Holyoke Invitational, finishing three strokes back of Amherst, and placed second at its own invitational, the final tune-up before the NESCAC Championships. Senior Cordelia Chan (Windsor, Ontario), the NESCAC Player of the Year and an All-NESCAC First Team selection last year, was the Ephs' top golfer in the first two events. She finished in a tie for 20th with a score of 150 (77-73) at Dartmouth. At Mount Holyoke, she broke her own school record 18-hole score she set as a first year by one stroke, firing a five under 67 on the final day. She also set a new 36-hole mark with a two-day total of 142 (75-67) and earned medalist honors. Chan finished eighth (78-77-155) at the Ephs' tournament. First-year Joanna Kim (Edina, Minn.) was the team's top golfer at the Williams Invitational, posting rounds of 75 and 77 for a two-day total of 152 to place third overall.
Juniors Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) and Blake Yaccino (Kenilworth, Ill.), who both earned All-NESCAC Second Team honors last season for Middlebury, return to lead the squad. The Panthers have finished as the NESCAC Runners-Up twice in the last three years. Middlebury started the season with a second-place finish at the St. Lawrence Invitational, placed fourth at the Batchelder, and finished fifth at Mount Holyoke and Williams. Levins, the NESCAC Championship medalist in 2016, led the Panthers at Wellesley with a two-day total of 152 (75-77) to tie for third place. She finished fifth at the Mount Holyoke tournament (75-77-152), was seventh at St. Lawrence (75-76-151), and earned medalist honors at Williams, firing a 70 on the first day and finishing four over at 146. Yaccino finished fourth at both the St. Lawrence and Mount Holyoke Invitationals, posting a score of 150 at each tournament. She tied for 17th at Williams with a two-day total of 161 (78-83).
Hamilton has finished fourth in each NESCAC Championship. The Continentals have earned top-10 finishes in each tournament this season, and won their own invitational and the William Smith Invitational. Senior Libbie Warner (Richmond, Va.) and first-year Emily Moy (Cohasset, Mass.) have led the Continentals this year. Warner has been the top finisher for Hamilton four times and had season-best third-place finishes at Hamilton's own tournament with rounds of 83 and 80 (163) and at William Smith (77-78-155). She also finished in a tie for seventh at the St. Lawrence Invitational (72-79-151) and tied for ninth at Mount Holyoke (82-75-157). Moy was the runner-up at the William Smith Invitational, shooting a score of 154 (79-75).
Bowdoin is led by the duo of juniors Caroline Farber (Providence, R.I.) and Emme McCabe (Dover, Mass.). Farber led the Polar Bears to three straight wins to open the year at the Bowdoin and Bates Invitationals and the Maine State Championship. Farber fired a one under 73 to win the Bowdoin Invitational, carded a 76 to win the Bates Invitational and finished the Maine State Championship tournament with a two-day total of 150 (78-72). She also led the Polar Bears to a 14th place finish at Mount Holyoke and posted back-to-back rounds of 83 (166). McCabe was the runner-up at both the Bates Invitational (85) and Maine State Championship (80-77-157) and placed third at the Polar Bears' Invitational (87).
Bates finished third in three tournaments leading up to the NESCAC Championship. Sophomore Brittany Seipp (Glen Head, N.Y.) finished in a tie for fourth at the season-opening Bowdoin Invitational (92) and was seventh at the Bobcats' own invitational (94). Sophomore Eleanor Murphy (Schwenksville, Pa.) was the top Bates golfer at the Maine State Championship shooting a 173 (90-83) to finish tied for fifth. Classmate Andrea Hepfinger (Madison, Wis.) has also contributed this season, tying for seventh at Bowdoin (94) and earning fifth place at the Maine State Championship (88-89-177).
Trinity is making its debut as a team in this year's NESCAC Championship. Senior Sarah Vimini (Easton, Conn.) and sophomore Gabriela Christensen (Cottage Grove, Minn.) competed as individuals in last year's event. Vimini has been the Bantams' leader this season. She was runner-up at the Bowdoin Invitational (78) and placed third at the Bates Invitational (89). She also posted scores of 172 (91-81) and 161 (80-81) at Wellesley and Mount Holyoke, respectively.
Wesleyan will once again have individual golfers competing in the NESCAC Championship. Juniors Saadia Naeem (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Emma Mehta (Wellesley, Mass.), and first-year Meg Wiley (Martinsville, Md.) are scheduled to participate.