Women's Golf Places 13th at 2007 NCAA Division III Nationals

Sarah Harper '07
The 2007 Lord Jeffs placed 13th at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

May 12, 2007

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FL – The Amherst College women’s golf team wrapped up competition at the 2007 NCAA Division III National Championships this afternoon with a four-day low score of 350. Amherst finished in 13th place, led by senior captain Sarah Harper (Rochester, MN) who also placed 13th individually.

Amherst and the rest of the field gave way to the eventual champion, Methodist University, who shot a tournament-low 300 on the final day of play. Methodist won its tenth consecutive national title this weekend, beating out second place DePauw by 88 strokes.

Harper was the top golfer out of the NESCAC, as she edged competitors from both Middlebury and Williams. Harper had a scoring average of 80.75 for the four-day tournament, which was a solid 8-over par for the tough championship course.

The Lord Jeffs found concrete support from first-years Kinne Schwartz (Allen, TX) and Jordan Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA). Schwartz cracked the top-50 with a very solid +46 performance at the tournament, highlighted by a second round 8-over par. After struggling on day one, Schwartz took a dozen strokes off her score from round one to day two.

Chafetz finished in a four-way tie for 79th place individually, shooting a season best 9-over par on the final day of action. The experience the pair of first-years gained will certainly help the Jeffs in seasons to come.

Rounding out the scoring for Amherst was junior Ali Berman (Boca Raton, FL) and first-year Alex Chang-Graham (San Carlos, CA). Berman consistently registered scores at 24-over par, while Chang-Graham joined the team mere days after finishing duties as a starting pitcher for the Amherst softball team.

Amherst ends its season after a very successful week in Florida, and returns to campus for final exams in the coming days.