The William Smith College golf team competed in the 36-hole Vassar Invitational at Casperkill Golf Club this weekend. The Herons finished 11th out of 12 teams on the 5,800-yard par 72 layout.
On Saturday, William Smith posted a 392 team score in the first round, the squad’s fourth best round as a team this season. First-year Madeline Dietz and senior Kara Capstraw paced the Herons with rounds of 93 and 94, respectively.
On Sunday, the team made significant improvements, lowering its score 19 strokes to a season’s best 373. Capstraw and Dietz again led the way. Capstraw carded a season’s best 89, finishing 45th out of 68 golfers, and Dietz turned in a 91, tying for 46th place.
First-year Whitney Reynolds lowered her score to a season-low 94, a six-stroke improvement over Saturday. Senior Lisa Vialle also dropped her score six strokes, finishing in career-best 99 on Sunday. Junior Katherine Pope made the biggest one-day improvement by a Heron, lowering her score by nine strokes to a career-low 99.
Williams College won the tournament by 17 strokes over Ithaca College. Cortland’s Rebecca Studin earned individual medalist honors on the second playoff hole. She was tied with the Bombers’ Sharon Li at 10-over after 36 holes, but parred the second playoff hole while Li bogeyed.
William Smith heads to Amherst, Mass., for its next tournament, competing in the Jack Leaman Invitational on April 19 and April 20.