Women's Golf Reloaded and Ready to Swing Away

September 16, 2006

A LOOK BACK: 2005-06
The Amherst women’s golf team had an impressive 2005 season. The Jeffs improved in almost every tournament they went to; they placed 17th at the Dartmouth Invitational - the first tournament of the year - and improved to a fourth-place finish at the Wellesley Inviational to close out the fall slate. The Jeffs clearly put in their time at practice, and they hope to carry their momentum into this season as senior Sarah Harper leads the team in her second campaign as a captain.

KEY LOSSES
The team lost two members to graduation last spring: Cally Wheeler and last year's co-captain Melissa Sidman. The two led the Jeffs on and off the course last season, and Sidman consistently shot rounds that made the scoring column for Amherst. The squad will miss the duo this season, as it looks to keep the momentum the class of 2006 left it with.

KEY RETURNEES
Senior captain Sarah Harper will possibly be the most valuable golfer on the team; she consistently shot the lowest rounds for the Jeffs last year, and will look to return the women’s team to glory in her final year at Amherst. Harper’s best was good enough for a fourth-place individual finish at the 2005 NESCAC championships last October, and the team hopes she can show flashes of brilliance more often this season. Also returning for the Jeffs this season will be juniors Kristin Beneski, Katharine Kelly and Ali Berman. The trio of juniors keyed the team’s fourth-place stand at the Wellesley tournament, and should prove useful this season. The team welcomes three first-years to the program in Jordan Chafetz, Alex Chang-Graham and Kinne Schwartz.  The rookies impressed Head Coach Michelle Morgan with their preseason play: they should have a positive impact on the team's NESCAC finishes.

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