WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams women's golf shot a day two score of 316 to pace the field again on day two and take the Williams Fall Invitational by nineteen strokes over Ithaca College. Williams posted a two day total of 641, while Ithaca came in with 660. SUNY Cortland beat out Middlebury by three to post 666 and take third.
While Taconic still proved a difficult test on day two, the course gave way to lower numbers on the day due to the lack of heavy rain. Thirteen of the fourteen teams scored better on day two and the course yielded nine scores in the 70s after only two yesterday.
Individually, Williams' standout junior Georgiana Salant recorded another individual win to follow up her victory last weekend at the Middlebury Invitational. Salant shot an even par 71 with a key birdie on the 16th hole to push past the first round leader, Ithaca's Sharon Li, who shot 75 today. Salant had a two day total of 144 and Li had a 147. SUNY Cortland's Rebecca Studin and St. Lawrence's Aimee Caligore tied for third with a two day total of 160.
Saloant's par round of 71 ties the best score by an Eph woman at Taconic, first registered by Alex Grotesma '14 in 2010. Salant's two-day total of 144 sets a new Eph women's record for best two-day total.
Anchored by Salant's steady play, the Williams team shot nine strokes better from day one. Senior Victoria Student broke into the 70's to post a 78 – a 7-stroke improvement from yesterday. Student's round included a sandy from 130 yards out on number six and a birdie on the difficult 7th hole. Student was followed by sophomore Paige Whidbee and fellow senior Becky Miller who both improved from yesterday to post an 82 and 85, respectively. Sophomore Shelby Shote struggled on the day and turned in an 86.
The Williams individuals had a solid tournament as well. Sophomore Maggie Mitts recorded her two best competitive rounds, posting an 81 today to place eighth overall individually. Sophomore Caroline Sawin and first-year Kelly Kung turned in twin 86s.
The Williams squad proved their depth and endurance at the Williams Fall Invitational with allindividuals placing in the top 30 players of the 69 player field. Three Ephs placed in the top ten – Georgiana Salant first, Victoria Student seventh, and Maggie Mitts eighth. Coach Erika DeSanty reflects, "I am proud of our team today. Georgi had a memorable weekend and once again demonstrated her athletic maturity and consistency. Maggie also had an impressively consistent weekend and walks away more confident in her ability."
The team finishes their fall season next weekend at Wellesley. Coach DeSanty says, "with one more competitive weekend, I am excited to see all we can achieve collectively and individually this season." The Ephs look to go undefeated in the fall if they can pull out a victory at Wellesley.