Jeffs Finish Fifth at Jack Leaman Invitational
Contact: Ben Badua
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Led by individual champion Sharon Li, the Ithaca women’s golf team carded a two-day total of 642 (320-322) to claim the 2013 Jack Leaman Invitational championship.
Shaving six strokes off her first round total, Li turned in a one-over par 73 on Sunday to finish with a tournament best 152. Teammate Kelsey Baker tied for third with two rounds of 79, while Jackie Young tied for 10th with a 164 (80-84).
Host Amherst finished fifth overall, shooting a 334 on the second day of competition at the Orchards Golf Club after combining for a 339 at Hickory Ridge on Saturday. The individual runner-up, Liz Monty ’13 shot a 77 to finish with a two-day tally of 157.
Kristen Lee '14 totaled a 172 (88-84), while first-year Devyn Gardner and Irene Hickey ’13 each recorded a 173. Jenny Xu '16 rounded out the Jeffs’ scoring with a 176 (86-90), while teammates Sarah Ressler '16 (176-84-92), Katherine Britt '15 (189-99-90) and CJ Bernstein '15 (200-96-104) competed as individuals.
Shaving six strokes off its total over the second 18 holes, Williams moved up to the second slot with a team score of 644 (325-319). Georgiana Salant (158-81-77) and Shelby Shote (159-80-79) tied for third and fifth, respectively, while Paige Whidbee, who sat in second after day one, dropped into a tie for eighth (163-78-85).
Middlebury finished third (656-337-319) behind a pair of top-10 showings by Jordan Glatt (161-81-80) and Monica Chow (164-85-79), while NYU fell from second to fourth with a two-day total of 659 (323-336). Needing three less strokes to finish on Sunday, Kristina Shalhoup paced the Violet competitors with a 163 (83-80), while Elaine Tse, who led after Saturday’s round, dropped into a 10th-place tie after carding an 87 in round two (164-77-87).
Amherst placed fifth (673-339-334), while SUNY Cortland and UC-Santa Cruz finished sixth (690-347-343) and seventh (692-339-353), respectively. The Red Dragons’ Kalin Merkley, who tied for fifth with a 159 (80-79), recorded a hole-in-one on 17, using a seven iron on the par 3, 152-yard hole.
Vassar (708-361-347), Wellesley (731-357-374) and Hamilton (778-382-396) came in eighth through 10th, while Mount Holyoke (784-395-389) and St. Lawrence (839-413-426) rounded out the field of 12.
Amherst closes out its regular season slate on Apr. 27-28 at the Williams Spring Invitational.