HADLEY, Mass. – Coming off of a 2nd place finish at the Middlebury College Invitational, the Amherst College women's golf team hopes to continue its strong play into this weekend's qualifier for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship.
The NESCAC Women's Golf Championship has a new format in 2019-20. Williams will host a fall qualifier, in conjunction with the Williams Fall Invitational, on October 5-6 at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass. The top four teams and the top four individuals outside of the top four teams will advance to the NESCAC Women's Golf Championship set for April 25-26, 2020. The winner of the fall qualifier will host the spring championship.
Teams will tee off for the fall qualifier at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday and use a shotgun start format.
2018 Championship Recap
Eight of last year's 10 NESCAC All-Conference selections return to the field this season, including NESCAC Player of the Year Chloe Levins (Middlebury) and NESCAC Rookie of the Year Joanna Kim (Williams). Williams captured its fourth straight NESCAC Women's Golf Championship in 2018. The Ephs, who have won all four NESCAC Women's Golf titles, led by one stroke after the first day and increased their lead to seven strokes in the final round. Amherst placed second overall (650) and Middlebury followed in third place (663).
About the Mammoths
Senior Morgan Yurosek, the 2016 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, has been the leader for Amherst in every tournament this season. Yurosek tied for fifth at Wellesley's Ann S. Batchelder Invitational with a two-day total of 154 (80-74). She carded a 36-hole total of 156 (79-77) to finish in a tie for 13th at the Mount Holyoke Invitational and tied for first at Middlebury's George Phinney Golf Classic with rounds of 77 and 76 (153).
First year Janelle Jin has carded three rounds in the 70's through her first three collegiate tournaments, including a T-6 place finish last weekend in Middlebury.
The George Phinney Invitational also proved to be the best showing of the year for India Gaume '22, who carded an opening day 78 on her way to a +18 score and a tie for tenth place.
Isabelle Ouyang '21 has been a top twenty finisher in the two opening tournaments, including a T-18 finish in Wellesley at the Nehoiden Golf Course. Amherst finished 4th at the Batchelder Invitational that weekend, and also took fourth in a 16 team field at the Mount Holyoke Invitational September 21st-22nd.
Lily Worden '21 also tied for 18th at the Batchelder Invite, and then tied for 20th with Ouyang at Mount Holyoke.
About the Field
First-year Chloe Baylor (Lincoln, Neb.) has paced the Bates Bobcats this season, which is under the direction of new head coach Henry Fall. Baylor led the Bobcats to second-place finishes at the Bowdoin and Bates Invitationals. She finished fourth at the season-opening tournament at Bowdoin with rounds of 86-88 (174) and added back-to-back rounds of 83 to finish third at the Bobcats' own invitational. Baylor posted a two- day total of 175 (85-90) at the Mount Holyoke Invitational and recorded back-to-back rounds of 86 (172) at the George Phinney Golf Classic.
Bowdoin won its first two tournaments to open the 2019-20 campaign. First-year Abbie Kaestle (Winnetka, Ill.) was the medalist at the Polar Bears' own invitational, carding a score of 161 (78-83), and was the runner-up at the Bates Invitational with a score of 160 (81-79). Senior Caroline Farber (Providence, R.I.) posted a round of 75 on the second day of the Bates Invitational to win the tournament with a two-day score of 156. She also paced Bowdoin at the Mount Holyoke Invitational (82-80-162) and the George Phinney Classic (79-82-161), finishing in a tie for 13th.
A trio of golfers have led the Hamilton team this season. First-year Maddie Hong (Glastonbury, Conn.) led the Continentals to a third-place finish at the St. Lawrence Invitational to start the year. She shot a 76 on the final day to finish with a score of 154 and place 10th overall. At the William Smith Invitational, sophomore Emily Moy (Cohasset, Mass.) tied for second (83-76-159) and Hong was fourth (82-78-160) to help Hamilton capture first place. First-year Allie LeeHoffman (McLean, Va.) was the top Hamilton golfer at the Mount Holyoke Invitational (81-80- 161) and the George Phinney Classic (83-76-159), where she finished in a tie for sixth overall.
Middlebury shaved 24 strokes off its first-round score to finish second at the St. Lawrence Invitational to open the season. Senior Blake Yaccino (Kenilworth, Ill) led the Panthers with a third-place finishing score of 146, which included a round of 71 on the final day. First-year Katie Murphy (Pleasanton, Calif.) tied for second (74-72-146) to lead Middlebury at the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational and placed third at the Panthers' own George Phinney Classic (75-80-155). Senior Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.), a two-time NESCAC medalist, was an NCAA Tournament participant last year. She recorded a 73 on the first day of the Mount Holyoke Invitational and finished in a tie for fourth (73-78-151) as the Panthers placed third as a team. Levins tied for medalist honors at Middlebury's event, posting rounds of 74 and 79 (153) as the Panthers won the tournament.
Trinity opened its second season as a varsity program with a fourth-place finish at the Bowdoin Invitational. Junior Emily Schroeder (Madison, Conn.) finished 10th to lead the team and was also the top golfer for the Bantams at the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational as the team finished seventh. Junior Gabby Christensen (Cottage Grove, Minn.) paced Trinity at the Mount Holyoke Invitational leading Trinity to a 14th-place finish and was the top Bantam at the George Phinney Golf Classic. She shot a 92 on the first day and finished with a total of 193.
This year marks the inaugural season of Wesleyan women's golf as a varsity sport. Several individuals have competed in the NESCAC Championship for the Cardinals in past years, but the 2019-20 campaign marks the first time Wesleyan has entered as a team. Senior Alexis Banquer (Fairfield, Conn.) led the Cardinals in their inaugural team competition at the Mount Holyoke Invitational.
Williams, which finished second at the NCAA Championship last year, opened the season winning its first two tournaments. Sophomore Joanna Kim (Edina, Minn.), an All-NESCAC golfer last year, was the medalist at the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational, posting rounds of 70 and 73 (143). Sophomore Olivia White (Los Angeles, Calif.) was the team's low golfer at the Mount Holyoke Invitational, scoring a 72 on the final day to finish with a two-day total of 147 and place second on the individual leaderboard. White was also tied for second at the Wellesley Invitational (72-74-146). In the final tune-up before the NESCAC qualifier, first-year Catalin Yturralde (La Mesa, Calif.) led the Ephs at the George Phinney Golf Classic, shooting a 77 on the second day to post a final score of 156 and finish fourth among the individual golfers. Williams placed third overall as a team.