The women’s golf team started its spring campaign with a strong showing at the 2018 Vassar Invitational, finishing in sixth place out of the 11-team field.
The Mammoths, ranked sixth in the NCAA DIII East region heading into the weekend, looked to build upon a fantastic fall and last year’s third place finish at the tournament. Held at Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie, New York, the event was scheduled to span Saturday and Sunday. However, the tournament was shortened to just one day after high winds and poor weather conditions prompted Sunday’s action to be cancelled. As a result, Saturday’s scores served as the overall tournament standings.
As a team, the Mammoths finished the day at 334 strokes, two shots behind tournament hosts Vassar College (332) and 15 strokes behind tournament winner New York University (319). Archrival Williams (322) finished three shots off of the lead to finish tied for second. Ithaca College (322) and Middlebury (329) also placed in the top five.
Individually, Amherst was paced by Zoe Wong ’18, whose first round score of 81 was good for a share of 11th place. Also finishing in the top-25, Morgan Yurosek ’20 (T-19) shot a round total of 83, one stroke ahead of teammate Isabelle Ouyang ’21 (T-23). Emily Young ’20 completed the round with a score of 86, and Lily Worden ’21 followed closely behind at 90. The duo tied for 32nd and 41st place, respectively. Ouyang led Amherst with two birdies, while Wong posted a team-high nine pars. Peyton Greco of Ithaca College was named individual champion of the invitational with her three-over-par score of 75.
Amherst looks to improve on its performance as the Mammoths return to action for their second spring outing on next weekend, April 21-22. Amherst will host the annual Jack Leaman Tournament at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst.