Jeff Golfers Swinging for Fall Dominance
Issue   |   Wed, 09/04/2013 - 10:33

The Amherst women’s golf team had a very successful season last year, placing in the top half in every tournament they competed. The team began its season with a third place out of thirteen showing at the NYU Invitational and ended with a third place out of seven at the Williams Spring Invitational. Captain Liz Monty ’13 led the way last year, consistently placing in the top overall. Monty finished second out of over 70 golfers in the NYU Invitational and tied for fourth in the Middlebury Invitational. She shot her season best with a two-day score of 148 at the Mount Holyoke Invitational in September. Fellow captain Irene Hickey ’13 also played an important role in Amherst’s successes last year.

Hickey shot her season best with a two-day score of 169 at the NYU Invitational in the fall. Hickey repeatedly placed in the upper third of golfers in many of the tournaments Amherst competed in. While the team is losing two significant players, sophomores Devyn Gardner, Sarah Ressler, and Jenny Xu look to build off of their great rookie seasons. Gardner ’16 had a number of strong showings last year for the Lady Jeffs and hopes to have similar experiences this season. Seniors Sooji Choi and Kristen Lee look to step up and fill the void that Monty and Hickey left. Led by Head Coach Michelle Morgan, who was named the WGCA Service Award winner last year, the Lady Jeffs open their season at the NYU Invitational the weekend of September 14.

The Amherst men’s golf team ended its spring season on a high note by coming in first place in the Little III Championship.

Senior Nicholas Koh hopes to lead the Jeffs once again. Earning a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team, Koh was the top golfer for Amherst in all three fall tournaments last year. In the spring, Jarvis Sill stepped up to lead Amherst to a third place finish out of twenty teams at the Hampton Inn Invitational. Sill finished tied for fifth out of over a hundred golfers. After losing seniors Alex Butensky, Mark Colp, and Ben Johnston, Koh and Sill will have to keep up the great play in order to lead the team to victory. Erik Hansen ’14, Josh Moser ’15, and James Line ’16 all look to contribute to the team’s successes as well. The men’s fall season begins with the Trinity Invitational on Sept. 7 and 8 and ends with the ECAC Championships on the weekend of October 12.