Amherst Wins Jack Leaman Championship

Contact: Justin Long

Amherst has won back-to-back tournaments.

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The Amherst College women’s golf team earned its second consecutive tournament title by leading the pack at the Jack Leaman Championship this weekend.

Williams College led all teams with a score of 319 at The Orchards on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the host Lord Jeffs, who held an eight-stroke lead after yesterday’s opening round at Amherst Golf Club.

Amherst’s Laura Monty ’12 took home the individual title by shooting a 75-79-154, leaving her one stroke ahead of her younger sister, Liz (78-77-155), and Williams College’s Victoria Student (77-78-155).

Finishing behind Amherst (308-325-633) and Williams (316-319-635) were Middlebury (325-332-657), Ithaca (337-333-670) and NYU (349-348-697). Rounding out the top individual performers behind the Monty sisters and Student was St. Lawrence University’s Aimee Caligiore (76-81-157), while four players tied for fifth.  

The players weren’t treated to the same warm weather they had on Saturday, as they battled colder temperatures and a light rain for a majority of Sunday’s round. Only Ithaca, NYU and Mount Holyoke shot better on the second day, with Mount Holyoke seeing the biggest improvement (385-374-759).

After Laura Monty recorded the lowest individual score on Saturday (75), it was her sister who took home that honor in the second round (77). Eleven players shot in the 70s on the first day, but that number dropped to six today.

This marks the third time Amherst has won the Jack Leaman Championship, as the Lord Jeffs are the only repeat winners in the tournament’s seven-year history. Amherst was unranked prior to winning last week’s Vassar Invitational, but the Jeffs should see a considerable jump in the next NGCA Division III Coaches Poll after finishing ahead of No. 8 Williams and No. 18 Middlebury in back-to-back events.

Helping Amherst take home the Jack Leaman Championship trophy were Irene Hickey ’13 and Elaine Lin ’12, who each finished with a 162 to tie for 10th place. Hickey recorded a phenomenal round on Saturday, shooting a 35 on the front nine to head into Sunday tied for the individual lead.

Sooji Choi ’14 finished with a 172 and led all players with five birdies on the weekend, while Nina Yoo ’12 came in just one stroke behind after seeing a big improvement on Sunday (89-84-173). Rounding out the Lord Jeffs was first-year Katherine Britt, who carded a 94 on Saturday and a 99 at The Orchards.

The Lord Jeffs will once again be matched up against Williams and Middlebury when they compete in the Williams Spring Invitational next weekend.


Team Leaders
1. Amherst (308-325-633)
2. Williams (316-319-635)
3. Middlebury (325-332-657)
4. Ithaca (337-333-670)
5. NYU (349-348-697)

Individual Leaders
1. Laura Monty, Amherst (75-79-154)
T2. Liz Monty, Amherst (78-77-155)
T2. Victoria Student, Williams (77-78-155)
4. Aimee Caligiore, St. Lawrence (76-81-156)

Amherst Results
1. Laura Monty (75-79-154)
T2. Liz Monty (78-77-155)
T10. Elaine Lin (80-82-162)
T10. Irene Hickey (75-87-162)
T24. Sooji Choi (84-88-172)
T26. Nina Yoo (89-84-173)
T55. Katherine Britt (94-99-193)