Amherst Finishes Regular Season with Win at Wellesley

Hayley Milbourn
Sophomore Hayley Milbourn took home the individual title at the Wellesley Invitational.
WELLESLEY, MA – In its final match of the regular season, the Amherst College women's golf team finished the Wellesley College Invitational with a comfortable 16-stroke advantage over second-place Mount Holyoke and a 21-stroke edge over Williams. The Lord Jeffs took the team title with a score of 323 on the par-72 Nehoiden Golf Club.

The Lord Jeffs will hope to receive a bid to the NCAA Championships, which begin Tuesday, May 12 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Amherst last qualified for the national championships in 2007, when the Jeffs placed 13th in the four-day event.

Individually, Amherst’s Hayley Milbourn (Baltimore, MD) took medalist honors, shooting an 18-hole total of 74 to land five strokes ahead of a trio of finishers who ended the day tied for second place. After Milbourn, Amherst's Nina Yoo (Duluth, GA) shot a 79 while Laura Monty (North Granby, CT) and Elaine Lin (Clarksville, MD) each finished in the top-10 to lead the Jeffs to the team title.

During what has been one of the most successful seasons in program history, Amherst has won five team titles and has not placed lower than fifth in any of its 11 matches. The Lord Jeffs have been on fire as of late, claiming four of the past five team titles.

Taking second was Mount Holyoke with an overall score of 339.  The Lyons placed three in the top-10, with Zahra Aliza Hanif and Martha Elson both shooting 83 and Kathleen Banaszak shooting an 86. In third place, Williams was led by Melissa Barton’s 79 and Kristin Nottenbohm’s 86.

Wellesley entered three individuals in the event.  Sophomore Kim Eaton finished a strong spring with a 79, good for a tie for second place. Also for the Blue, first-year Alexis Kelleher finished tied for 11th with an 87, while classmate Emma Li shot a 112.