BRONX, NY – The Williams women's golf team holds on to a narrow one shot lead over Amherst at the NYU invitational.
The first day was played at the par 72 Pelham Bay Golf Course in Bronx, NY. The players had to tackle difficult greens and battled the setting sun as the last group stepped off the course at 7:20 p.m. However, with the ideal playing conditions, players took advantage and scored low on the 5,918 yard course.
Williams shot 312 to put them ahead of Amherst (313), Cortland (322), and Middlebury (323). Williams' Shelby Shote and Amherst's Sooji Choi are tied for the individual lead at 74 – one shot ahead of Middlebury's Keely Levins.
The Williams women's golf team kicked off its fall season where it left off last year with consistent scoring. A duo of sophomores – Shelby Shote and Paige Whidbee – stepped up to lead the team with a 2-over par 74 and 78, respectively. Veterans Georgiana Salant and Victoria Student turned in twin 80's and look to break into the 70's on day two. Caroline Sawin rounded out the scores with a solid 85.
Reflecting on the day, head coach Erika DeSanty said, "Shelby and Paige both played with great confidence throughout the round -- they consistently put themselves in good positions to score and were able to quickly recover from difficult positions. Even in tough positions they never gave up on a possibility of making a par."
Looking forward to the next day, captain Victoria Student notes that "though we are in the lead, we are definitely looking forward to improving tomorrow and building off our start today."
The team looks to continue to fight hard for every shot and extend its lead tomorrow at Split Rock Golf Course.