The William Smith golf team picked up its first tournament victory as a varsity program thanks in large part to individual medalist, first-year Kara Capstraw. The Herons posted a one-stroke victory over Division II Le Moyne in the 36-hole William Smith Invitational at the par 72 Clifton Springs Country Club.
Capstraw was in third place, four strokes off the pace following Saturday’s first round. Le Moyne’s Kathleen Reidy held the Day 1 lead with an 89. Susquehanna’s Lindsey Kass was two strokes behind in second place.
On Sunday, Capstraw’s day got off to a great start with a birdie on the par four first hole. She made the turn nine over par and negotiated the closing nine in a five over 41, to card a tournament best 18-hole score of 86. Reidy finished Sunday’s round with a 91, to finish one stroke behind Capstraw.
First-year Grace Fiacre was the second Heron in the clubhouse. She was 21st following the first round, but an 11-stroke improvement on Sunday moved her up to 15th place in the 31-golfer field, 18 strokes off the lead.
First-year Liz Semelsberger, first-year Maddie Carens, and junior Trilbey Smith finished 18th (tied), 19th, and 20th, respectively.
As a team, William Smith bettered its Saturday scored by 16 strokes to finish with a two-day total of 784, one better than the Dolphins. Susquehanna was third, just three strokes off the lead, followed by Elmira and Nazareth.
The Herons will be back in action on Oct. 1-2 when they compete in the Martin/Wallace Invitational in Cortland, N.Y.