Golf Teams Get in the Swing of Things
Issue   |   Thu, 09/01/2011 - 22:50


The Lady Jeffs come into the fall season on the heels of a successful 2010-2011 campaign. Currently ranked 14th in the nation, the team will be looking to improve on past successes with a host of experience at its disposal.

Head coach Michelle Morgan has steered the Lady Jeffs to 17 titles during her 34 years at the College, and the teams under her guidance have produced All-Americans and Academic All-Americans in the double digits. As she embarks on her 22nd year at the helm of the women’s golf team, Morgan leads a seasoned team featuring five upperclassmen and three sophomores, with Katherine Britt coming in as the lone representative of the freshman class. Seniors Elaine Lin and Laura Monty return as co-captains for the new season. Also back is the co-captain’s sister, Liz Monty ’13, who most recently impressed with a fourth-place individual finish at the Williams Spring Invitational.

Another standout performer on the squad list is Irene Hickey ’13, who was one of only five NESCAC golfers to be named to the National Golf Coaches Association’s (NGCA) 2010-2011 All-American Scholar Team. Described by her coach as “an incredibly committed golfer” and “an invaluable team player,” Hickey now follows in the footsteps of former captain Hayley Milbourn ’11, who was named to the NGCA All-America Team for three years running during her time at the College and is recognized as one of the most accomplished golfers in NGCA history.

Though they will surely miss Milbourn’s stellar performance on the green, the women’s golf team is nevertheless ready to remain contenders this year with veteran Nina Yoo ’12 and sophomores Sooji Choi, Minjeong Koo and Kristen Lee all returning to round out the squad. The Jeffs will be getting things off to a swinging start at the NYU Invitational on Sept. 17.


The men’s golf team exceeded expectations with a high-flying 2010-2011 campaign, securing their first postseason berth in four years and delivering a solid performance at the NESCAC Championship to wrap up their most successful spring season in school history. With head coach Jack Arena ‘83 named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2010 and the bulk of his successful team set to return this year, the Jeffs will be looking to maintain their good form through the coming campaign.

Current captain Nate Belkin ‘12 closed out last season with a 13th-place individual finish at the NESCAC Championship, shooting 157 over two days to tie teammate Alex Butensky ‘13, who will also be teeing off for the Lord Jeffs this season. The team will also rely on the experience of four more upperclassmen on the squad list: Mark Colp ‘12, Matt Parsons ‘12, Ben Johnston ‘13 and Jared Kusma ‘13. Sophomores Nicholas Koh and Erik Hansen and newly-admitted Josh Moser ‘15 and Jarvis Sill ‘15 complete this year’s roster. The season starts for men’s golf at the Trinity Invitational on Sept. 10.