After a successful fall campaign, the women’s golf team began their spring season with an impressive win at the 8th Annual Vassar Invitational this past weekend. The two-day tournament, held at the Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., featured 11 teams, including NESCAC rivals Williams and Middlebury.
The Jeffs led the tournament after the first 18 holes with a collective score of 337 on the par-70 course. Senior captain Laura Monty led her team on the first day with a score of 81, while her younger sister Liz ’13 and Elaine Lin ’12 each finished their rounds with scores of 83. Irene Hickey ’13 shot an opening round score of 90, and teammate Sooji Choi ’14 posted a 91.
The following day the Jeffs dropped 11strokes off their first round total to edge Middlebury with the tournament team low of 663. Middlebury shot a total of 667, while Williams finished with a total of 682.
Liz Monty shaved seven strokes off her opening round, shooting a 76 that found her tied for the individual lead with a total score of 159. Although she would fall in the two-round playoff to Middlebury’s Flora Weeks, Monty still managed to par 17 holes, tally the second-most birdies of the tournament (4) and lead all golfers on par 4 holes (+9).
Laura Monty shot a second round 84 to finish tied for fourth with a score of 164, while Lin’s second-round 82 put her even with her teammate, also at 165.
Choi dropped seven shots off her first round score to finish with an 84, enough to put her tied for 19th, while Hickey rounded out the Jeffs competitors, shooting a 92 that leftg her tied for 29th with a weekend score of 182.
This past fall, the Jeffs tallied top-three finishes in each of their four tournaments, but last weekend’s win marked Amherst’s first win of the year.
Returning to action on Apr. 21-22, the Jeffs will host the Jack Leaman Championship where they look to build off their impressive team victory.
The men’s golf team opened its spring season at the Hampton Inn Invitational, placing eigth out of 18 teams.
Senior captain Nate Belkin led the Jeffs with a combined score of 163, while Ben Johnston ’13 rallied from an opening round 90 to shoot a team low 77. Alex Butensky ’13 shot an 86 on both days, and Nick Koh ’14 posted an 89 on day one and an 88 on day two.
Amherst returns to action on April 18 for the Little III Championship at Wesleyan.