Women's Golf Set for Fall Swing
September 16, 2005
The Amherst women's golf team posted several top finishes in 2004-05, highlighted by a season-opening 13th-place showing at the Division I Dartmouth Invitational and a mid-season fifth-place finish at the Northeast Invitational. The Jeffs' finish at Dartmouth was tops among participating Division III schools and set the tone for an impressive sixth-place showing at the Mount Holyoke Invitational the following weekend. Amherst followed with a third-place finish at the Wellesley Invitational, just 11 strokes behind Wellesley 's first-place total, and closed out its fall slate with a seventh-place showing at the Central Connecticut State University Invitational, highlighted by junior Sarah Harper's 11th-place 86-82-168 finish.
The Jeffs opened the spring with a runner-up finish at the Massachusetts State Championships, thanks to Harper's sixth-place round of 85. Amherst followed with a fifth-place showing at the Northeast Championships, led again by Harper. The Jeffs closed out their season with a match-play sweep against Williams and a second-place finish at Williams' Spring Invitational, just eight shots back from tournament champion Middlebury College.
Amherst's team GPA of 3.480 was good for in the 2004-05 NGCA All-Scholar Team Rankings, which order women's collegiate golf programs on the basis of collective average team GPA.
The Jeffs lose senior co-captains Meg Sullivan and Sarah Godwin and classmate Emily Foran to graduation. Sullivan led the Jeffs in three of their eight tournaments last year, while Foran posted the low round for Amherst at the Wellesley Invitational, nabbing runner-up honors. Godwin scored for the Jeffs in all seven of their tournaments last season, posting a 13th-place finish at Williams' Spring Invitational.
Junior co-captain Sarah Harper returns, after leading the Jeffs in four of their eight tournaments and earning All-American Scholar honors from the National Golf Coaches Association in 2004-05. Senior co-captain Melissa Sidman is also back after posting a convincing match-play victory against Williams and scoring for Amherst in the Northeast Championships last year. Sophomore Ali Berman returns after scoring for the Jeffs in five of seven events last season, and classmates Kristin Beneski and Katharine Kelly are back as well and should see time in the scoring column for Amherst this season.