Women’s golf finishes second at ECAC match

The Red Storm women’s golf team took home their best finish of the fall this past weekend at the two-round Eastern College Athletic Conference championship, finishing in second
place (39-over 615).

“Overall, our team has been playing very well,” head coach Ambry Bishop-LaRosa said. “We’ve had a number of girls play well each week.”

The ECAC championship, which was hosted by William and Mary at the par-72 Kiskiack Golf Course in Williamsburg, Va. opened the course to 16 other colleges, with Princeton finishing on top.

Both the Red Storm and the Tigers were tied for the lead after the first 18 holes on Saturday, with junior Michele Romano leading the entire field of 90 participants, shooting an even-par 72.

Juniors Samantha Tejada and Renee Cloutier also helped pave the way during round one, finishing in sixth and 13th place, respectively. Lois Kim wrapped up the first round tied for 35th place with a 10-over 82 while Ashley Szewczuk shot a nine-over 81, leaving her in a deadlock for 27th place.

The Red Storm were unable to keep pace with the Tigers in the second round on Sunday, relinquishing the lead and eventually the match. Romano’s final card of 3-over 147 gave her a third-place finish in the tournament, the best of her collegiate career.

Cloutier and Kim each had their own strong finish during the second round. Cloutier carded a final nine-over 153, giving her a sixth place finish overall while Kim’s final card of 13-over 157 moved her up into a tie for 16th place.

“Renee has been playing very solid,” Bishop-LaRosa said. “I was happy to see Kim shoot what she is capable of.”

The women will travel to West Palm Beach, Florida to take part in the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational from Oct. 13-14.