Women’s Golf Takes Bronze at NESCACs

By EMILY BIAN

The women’s golf team took to their home tees last weekend in the 2018 NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship/George Phinney Classic. The Panthers were in mid-season form, considering they had competed in four tournaments and invitationals throughout the fall season. 

The Panthers ultimately placed third, and rival Williams captured the Women’s Golf Championship title. Chloe Levins ’20 carded the best tournament score with a pair of 76s for a total of 152. She outcompeted her opponents by four strokes, which allowed her to capture medalist honors.

The Panthers shot a total score of 663 (326–337) over the weekend, putting them in third place out of the 11 competing teams. The Panthers were 20 shots behind the winning team, Williams (643), and 13 behind Amherst (650).

Williams, by the end of the first round, led at the par-71 Ralph Myhre Course with a score of 320. Amherst, meanwhile, trailed by one stroke at 321. Middlebury followed in a close third, carding a Saturday score of 326. Cordelia Chan of Williams led competitors with a score of 74; next was Hamilton’s Celia Lau, teeing a 75.  Levins was Middlebury’s top scorer with her score of 76.

In the second round, Williams increased its one-point lead to seven points. Middlebury carded a day-two score of 337, which was 11 strokes worse than Saturday. While it wasn’t quite what the Panthers had hoped for, their consistency kept them in third place. 

In addition to Levins’ top performance, Blake Yaccino ’20 also had a great showing, shooting a two-day total of 160 (79–81). She tied for third place overall. Helen Dailey ’19 was another solid contributor, hitting an 87 and an 88. Following Dailey was Anna Zumwinkle ’20, who posted up a two-day total of 176 (84–92). Rounding out the scorers was Maddy Cordeiro ’22, with a total score of 192.

While they did not win the NESCAC title, they are optimistic about their spring season and are proud of how they finished strong with a small but mighty team of six.

“Although our team is small, it has great potential,” Levins said. “We’ll do our best to prepare by putting ourselves in the best position mentally and technically each week. If we’re able to do that successfully, the results will come.”

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