Women’s Golf Sub-Par (In a Good Way)


The Middlebury women’s golf team opened its fall season on the weekend of September 8 with a fantastic start, placing 2nd among 11 teams at the St. Lawrence Invitational. The Panthers tee’d a two-day total of 625, consisting of a 317 score on day one and a 308 on day two. This past weekend at the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational, the team came in fourth with a total of 675.

After a summer of good practice, the Panthers were fired up to compete as a team. Coming out swinging at St. Lawrence, Blake Yaccino ’20 led Middlebury in the tournament, finishing in a 4th place tie with a pair of 75s for a total of 150. Another strong contributor was Chloe Levins ’20, who placed 7th and carded a 151 (75-76), with her fellow teammate Helen Dailey following in a tie for 9th place with a 154 (78-76).

After graduating three seniors last year, it was interesting to see how the team would perform with only six returning players. However, the Panthers strong performance at the first tournament of the season proved that they are ready to compete as one fierce unit.

As Chloe Levins ’20 put it, “Having such a small women’s golf program this season will require higher focus and dedication out of each player. Not only will every member of the team play a vital role this season, but the attitudes we approach practice with will also affect the team much more. It will be important to remain positive, patient and constructive in our preparation for tournaments throughout the year.”

Levins, a consistent performer, tied for third overall this past weekend at Wellesley. She carded a 75 on Saturday and a 77 on Sunday for a total of 152. Helen Dailey followed with a 171 (87-85), Maddy Cordeiro ’22 with a 175 (88-87), Erika Nakagawa ’21 with a 179 (89-90) and rounding out the scorers was Anna Zumwinkle ’20 with a total of 181 (87-94).

Planning to build off this weekend’s momentum, the Panthers will return to action at the Mount Holyoke Invitational on the weekend of September 22.