Men's, Women's Golf Continue Tournament Play
Issue   |   Tue, 10/02/2012 - 22:53
Mark Idleman, Public Affairs
Liz Monty ‘13 led the Jeffs with a two-day total of 161.

Men

The Jeffs finished a respectable fifth out of 10 over the weekend at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier against the league’s stiffest competition.

It was Trinity, however, who stole the show; the Bantams cruised to the top spot with a two-day total of 587, and each Trinity player also earned a top-10 individual finish. Leading the way for the Trinity squad was Greg Palmer, the overall individual champion with a two-day score of 147. In second place — just one stroke behind Palmer — were Bantams Billy Burchill and Nick Buenaventura. Jack Palley and Don Hunt were also close behind, tying for seventh overall.

With their dominant performance, the Bantams have earned the right to host the NESCAC Championship in April. The victory was the Bantam’s second of the fall in just four events: the team also won its own Trinity Invitational at the beginning of September.

Rounding out the top five were Williams (602), Hamilton (611) and Middlebury (613).

At weekend’s end, the Jeffs found themselves 15 strokes off the Panthers’ pace (628), marking the second consecutive season the Amherst squad has narrowly missed the top four at the Fall Qualifier.

Nicholas Koh ’14 set the pace for the Jeffs with a two-day total of 149, which was also good for fifth place overall. Behind him were teammates Ben Johnston ’13 (160, including an impressive 75 on Day 2) and Jarvis Sill ’15 (161).

The Jeffs have just one event remaining this fall: they will take part in the Mountain-Valley Cup Challenge on Oct. 13, where, among others, they will face off against Williams.

Women

Over the weekend, the Lady Jeffs took home fourth place out of 10 at the Middlebury Invitational, beating out conference rivals Bowdoin, Bates and Hamilton.

Unfortunately for the Jeffs, the dominant showing at the event came from Williams; the Ephs took home the number one spot and also featured the top overall finisher, Georgiana Salant, who posted a two-day total of 153. For the Ephs, Shelby Shote, Victoria Student and Page Whidbee also finished in the top 10 individually.

The success is nothing new for the Ephs; they have won every event of the fall so far, including the Mount Holyoke Invitational in which they also faced the Jeffs.

Middlebury and Vassar were the other two teams to finish ahead of the Jeffs, though the Amherst team missed the number three spot by just a single stroke (694 to Vassar’s 693).

The Lady Jeffs’ best individual performance came from senior Liz Monty, who totaled 161 to tie for fourth overall. Sooji Choi ’14 also turned in a solid effort, carding a 175 and tying with Vassar’s Caitlin Bell for 13th. Irene Hickey ‘13 shot a 180, while Katherine Britt ‘15 posted a 188.

The Amherst women will head back to the course again over fall break, when they compete at the Williams Fall Classic and look to exact some revenge on their rivals.

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