Jeffs Prepared for Continued Success in 2014-15
Contact: Chris Attwood
The Amherst women’s golf team has been a perennial front-runner in New England and the Jeffs continued that trend in 2013-14 by posting top five finishes in six of the team’s eight tournaments including a second place mark at the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational hosted by Wellesley.
The Purple & White lose two key scorers from last year’s squad but have a solid group returning to the links including a pair of seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and two first-years. With some depth and experience at her disposal, 25th-year head coach Michelle Morgan has much to look forward to this season.
The 2014-15 Jeffs are led by senior co-captains CJ Bernstein and Katherine Britt. Britt competed in in three events last season and posted her best two-day total (176-86-90) at the Middlebury Invitational. Bernstein saw action in the Jack Leaman Invitational as an individual, carding a two-day total of 186.
Amherst returns a tremendous contingent of underclassmen including juniors Devyn Gardner, Jenny Xu, and Sarah Ressler who will each return from studying abroad in the spring of 2015. Gardner competed in all eight of the Jeffs’ events a year ago and was in the top 25 overall six times, and placed in the top three among Amherst players on six occasions. Gardner carded her overall lowest score (165-79-86) at the Williams Fall Classic and tied for 20th in the field of 80 players.
Xu took part in four events and contributed her best score – a 170 (86-84) at the Vassar Invitational – which saw her finish tied for 24th overall as Amherst’s third best player on the day. Ressler also participated in four invitationals highlighted by a score of 171 (89-82) at the Williams Fall Classic competing as an individual.
Paving the way for the Purple & White’s trio of sophomores is Jamie Gracie who was Amherst’s top performer in six of eight outings in 2013-14 as a first-year. Gracie earned individual medalist honors at the Williams Fall Classic notching a combined score of 150 (73-77) to help the Jeffs to a fourth place finish in the 15 team field. Gracie also tabbed fourth place overall at the Jack Leaman Invitational (158 (74-84) helping the Jeffs once again secure a fourth out of 15 finish. Gracie was listed in the top 15 in all eight of Amherst’s tournaments last year.
Patricia Huang ’17 and Angelina Guan ’17 provided consistency when called upon last season.
Huang posted two-day rounds of 87 and 89 (176) at the Vassar Invitational and followed that with a 175 (87-88) at the Jack Leaman Invite. Guan collected a score of 180 (92-88) at the Jack Leaman Invitational.
First-years Hyunjee Choi, sister of Sooji Choi ’14, and Zoe Wong will look to factor into Morgan’s lineup from the outset and provide some added depth to an already strong group of underclassmen.
The Jeffs begin their 2014-15 slate on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the two-day NYU Invitational.