Amherst Opens Spring with Strong Showing at Jekyll Island

Hayley Milbourn
Hayley Milbourn '11 tied for second place.

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA – Riding a second-place performance by Hayley Milbourn '11 (Baltimore, MD), the Amherst women's golf team opened the spring portion of its 2010-11 season by placing sixth in a field of 21 teams at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational this past weekend.

The Jekyll Island Invitational features one of the deepest, strongest fields of any tournament, as this year’s group featured four teams ranked nationally in the top 10 in the Golf World/NGCA Golf Coaches' Poll. Eleven-time defending NCAA champion Methodist cruised to this year’s team title with a score of 951, while runner-up Birmingham Southern (974) finished only 12 strokes ahead of Amherst (986).

Milbourn led Amherst with a 71 on Friday to mark the lowest score of the opening round, but the senior standout would shoot a 76 on Saturday and an 83 on Sunday to just barely miss out on the individual title. Methodist’s Kelsie Carralero shot an 85 on day one but stormed back with a 70 on Sunday to finish one stroke ahead of Milbourn and Centre’s Emily Bachert, who tied for the runner-up spot.

Each of Amherst’s participants finished in the top 50 in a field of 120 golfers. Liz Monty ’13 (North Granby, CT) tied for 25th after a consistent weekend (83-85-81), while Elaine Lin ’12 (Clarksville, MD) shot rounds of 85, 87 and 84 to finish in a tie for 41st. Kristen Lee ’14 (Los Altos, CA) and Laura Monty ’12 (North Granby, CT) each shot a 258 to tie for 48th, with Lee firing a team-best 79 on Sunday after opening the tournament with a 92.

Ranked ninth in the most recent Golf World/NGCA Golf Coaches' Poll, the Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Apr. 9, when they head to Vassar College for a two-day event at the Dutchess Country Golf Club.

6) Amherst --- 330-329-327-986 (+122)
T2) Hayley Milbourn --- 71-76-83-230 (+14)
T25) Liz Monty --- 83-85-81-249 (+33)
T41) Elaine Lin --- 85-87-84-256 (+40)
T48) Kristen Lee --- 92-87-79-258 (+42)
T48) Laura Monty --- 91-81-86-258 (+42)

RESULTS (Individual * Team)