Women’s golf: Tribe triumphs in Hound Ear Intercollegiate

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William and Mary competed in the Hound Ears Intercollegiate in Boone, North Carolina from Oct. 22-23. Coming in first place, the Tribe finished the tournament with a 630 (+54). The next highest scoring team was Radford, which closely trailed with a 638 (+62). The College’s team title for this tournament is its first since its victory at the Bucknell Invitational in 2013.

In the first round, the Tribe shot a 323 (+35), which brought it into a three-way tie for second place with Appalachian State and Radford versus Longwood’s 321 (+33). Junior Allison Olberding led the Tribe in scoring during the first round with a personal score of 76 (+4), giving her a four-way tie for first place. Closely following the top three scorers, senior Elizabeth Choi shot a 77 (+5) and tied for fifth place.

In the second round, the College shot a 307 (+19), erasing its two-stroke deficit. Olberding was able to successfully break her four-way tie to emerge victorious when she shot a 74 (+2), ultimately winning by two strokes with a 150 (+6). Choi was able to move from fifth place to second when she finished with a 152 (+8). Freshman Phoebe Yuan recorded her career best when she shot a 78 (+6), finishing in the top 20 with a 165 (+21). Senior Riley Corona and freshman Sarah Houle scored (166, +22) and (167, +23), respectively.

“It’s great to finally get a tournament win,” head coach Ed Teer said. “Our players improved their attitude today about the course and their intention to play-to-win. Several players improved their scoring from round one, including Allison, Liz, Riley and our freshman, Phoebe, who improved by nine strokes. I know Liz wanted to win in her final collegiate event, and while she played some good golf, she came up just short to her teammate Allison. This is Allison’s first collegiate win, and I’m hopeful it will help her build some confidence and confirm that the work she is doing will pay off.”

Though the fall season has come to an end, the Tribe will return in the spring to participate in the Kiawah Island Classic on Feb. 24-26 at the Turtle and Oak gold courses in South Carolina.