Golf Teams Begin Spring Seasons
Issue   |   Tue, 04/16/2013 - 22:55

Men

Travelling to UMass-Dartmouth, the men’s Golf team opened their spring season at the Hampton Inn Invitational this past weekend.

After a respectable fall campaign that saw the squad finish fifth at the NESCAC Qualifier, the Jeffs were looking to get their spring off to a solid start.

They faced a tall task, however, as they were without their top performer from the spring, Nicholas Koh ’14, who sat out this first event.

In Koh’s absence, the Jeffs turned to their underclassmen to lead the way. Sophomores Jarvis Sill and Josh Moser both stepped up in a big way, finishing in the top-15 individuals to lead the Jeffs to a third-place showing. The top-three result marked Amherst’s best finish all year and bodes well for a successful spring.

The Invitational was held at the Allendale Country Club’s par 72, 6,703-yard course. Originally scheduled as a two-day tournament, the opening round was cancelled after heavy rain left the course unplayable on Friday.

With play beginning Saturday morning instead, the tournament was shortened to 18 holes, and the Jeffs took advantage.

Sill put together his lowest round of the 2012-2013 season, shooting a 75 to finish in a six-way tie for fifth place, three strokes behind the leader. The result marked his first top-10 finish of the year, as he led all Amherst golfers on the afternoon. He barely edged out his teammate Moser, who made an impressive showing of his own with a 4-over par 76.

Looking to build on this strong start to the season, the Jeffs will return to action at the Williams Spring Opener this coming weekend.

Women

Led by Liz Monty ’13, the Women’s Golf Team opened their spring season with an impressive fourth-place finish at the Vassar Invitational last weekend.

After notching four top-five finishes in the fall, Amherst evidently did not pick up any rust during their five-month layoff.

Although the team finished behind NESCAC rivals Williams and Middlebury, it was a respectable start to the season and one that the team was certainly happy with.

Monty, the Lady Jeffs’ top performer in the fall, picked up right where she left off in October, carding a two-day total of 157 to finish in a tie for third place individually. The senior played well in her opening round, shooting a 3-over par 75, but struggled on the back nine on Sunday en route to a final-round 82.

First-year Devyn Gardner made a great showing as well, finishing nine strokes behind Monty to card Amherst’s second-lowest score of the tournament.

After opening with a solid round of 79 on Saturday, the first-year had trouble keeping pace on Sunday (89), but still managed to finish tied for 14th place.

With their impressive performance, Amherst began building towards the NCAA Championship at the end of the spring.

The team has two more tournaments to prepare for the event, but certainly looked good in this opening test.

The Lady Jeffs return to the course this weekend, hosting their only event of the season, the Jack Leaman Invitational at the Hickory Ridge Golf Club.

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