Amherst Holds on for Win at Middlebury; Two Jeffs on Podium

Elaine Lin earned a spot on the podium at Middlebury.

From a Middlebury College release

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Amherst College women's golf team extended its five-shot lead after day one to win the 2009 Middlebury Invitational by nine strokes this afternoon. Amherst junior Hayley Milbourn (Baltimore, MD) finished first individually, winning her second consecutive tournament, while sophomore Elaine Lin (Clarksville, MD) landed in a tie for second place to earn a spot on the podium as well.

Amherst shot a team total of 318 on Saturday, and took a five stroke lead into today's final round at Middlebury's Ralph Myhre Golf Course. After carding a 325 on Sunday, the Lord Jeffs finished with a 643, followed by Williams (654) and Mt. Holyoke (670).

Milbourn won her second straight tournament by shooting a 10-over par 76-76-152 to lead the field by four strokes. Coming in for a two-way tie in second place was teammate Lin, who was very consistent with a 78-78-156 to finish in a deadlock with Williams' Anne O'Leary. While Milbourn is no stranger to the podium, Lin's performance was the best of her young career at Amherst.

Amherst sophomore Nina Yoo (Duluth, GA) finished in 10th place individually with a 22-over par 80-84-164, playing as an individual entry to edge classmate Laura Monty (N. Granby, CT) who earned a 13th place finish with a 25-over par 79-88-167. Rookie Liz Monty (N. Granby, CT) played well, and finished in 16th place with back-to-back 85s. Senior captain Kinne Schwartz (Allen, TX) rounded out the scoring for the Jeffs with an 89-86-175 for 21st place individually.

The win is Amherst's first as a team this fall, and comes just one week before the Lord Jeffs will travel to play in a tournament hosted by their NESCAC and Little Three archrivals Williams College.