Williams College 2019 Women's Golf Outlook

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – The Williams College women’s golf team returns eight of the ten team members from last year’s team that finished second at the NCAA Championships in Houston, Texas. Eight straight years the Ephs have finished fifth or better at the NCAA Championship and in 2014-15 they won the NCAA title.

“We return four of the five players from the team that travelled to the NCAA Championship in Houston, plus two others that travelled for regular season tournaments last year,” noted Eph head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson. “Our roster is deep with 10 talented golfers, and each week we’ll get to travel with those that are playing their best golf that week.” Adalsteinsson was named the Women’s Golf Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2019.

Ephs' head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson

Lost to graduation were Cordelia Chan and Isabella Wang. Chan a four-time All-American won the 2019 NCAA Individual title in Houston last May.

The four returning players who competed in last spring’s NCAA Championship include junior Holly Davenport, sophomore Jo Kim, sophomore Olivia White, and junior Stella Woo. Also returning are senior Renee Kwak, junior Gabby Martin, junior Mehr Sawant, and senior Cindy Wang. Ko earned All-Region honors in her debut season

Jo Kim earned WGCA All-Region honors as a first-year in 2018

The two first years on the Ephs’ roster are Malini Rudra and Catalin Yturralde.

Last spring the Ephs won their final three tournaments heading into the NCAA Tournament, including a fourth consecutive NESCAC title, and along the way they established a slew of impressive performances. A five-under par round by Cordeila Chan at Mt Holyoke’s home course The Ledges came the same weekend the Ephs recorded their best ever team total of 597 over 36 holes and their best single round score 289 over 18 holes. The 2019 team followed up that effort in an impressive fashion setting a home course records for 18 holes when they shot 296 and 599 for 36 holes the Taconic Golf Club.

Check out the team’s Records page for a complete listing of accomplishments last year and in previous years.

Following the completion of the 2019 NCAA tournament and in preparation for the upcoming fall season, the NCAA and Golfstat released their preseason rankings based on their internal poll. The Ephs finished last season ranked number one by Golfstat (5/23/19), and were ranked second in the Women’s Golf Coaches Association preseason rankings.

Tomas Adalsteinsson stated, “Fall is always an exciting time for our team as we meet new teammates and spend time together at Taconic. We are returning eight players that have made a great impact on our program, and we welcome two members to our roster who are very skilled and will help us grow as a team. The next five weekends will give us an opportunity to test our skills, and compete with the top teams in the northeast.”

The Ephs will have one captain in senior Cindy Wang and two assistant captains in juniors Holly Davenport and Mehr Sawant. Cindy Wang shared her thoughts going into the fall season saying, “We are sad to see our seniors from last year go, but our returning members are more ready than ever to continue their legacy. We have a strong squad, and are all very excited to welcome our new freshmen into the group. We will continue looking forward to breaking new records. We’ve come close to taking the national championship two years in a row now and I have no doubt every member of the team will push themselves and finally clinch the title this year.”

Ephs, from left, Olivia White, Holly Davenport and Stella Woo.

In addition to the 10 Eph players eighth grader Noelle Dravis who is the team's Team Impact addition and is learning to play golf comes to as many team practices and events as she can.

The Ephs will open their fall campaign next Saturday and Sunday when they compete in the Ann Batchelder Invitational hosted by Wellesley College.

The Ephs will open their fall campaign Saturday and Sunday when they compete in the Ann Batchelder Invitational hosted by Wellesley College.