2019-20 Women's GOLF preview

The Middlebury women’s golf team enters the 2019-20 campaign with seasoned veterans throughout the lineup. The Panthers finished in the top five during eight of the nine tournaments which the team teed off last year, including a runner-up performance at the season-opening St. Lawrence Invitational.

Head Coach Bill Mandigo

Longtime head coach Bill Mandigo enters his 12th season with the program. The Panthers return six players from last year’s squad in addition to four newcomers, giving the team a positive outlook heading into the fall portion of the schedule.

Chloe Levins

Senior Chloe Levins was a catalyst for the Panthers last season, finishing in the top-10 eight times over nine tournaments. The 2019-20 captain tallied medalist honors in back-to-back weeks at the Williams Fall Classic and George Phinney Jr. Golf Classic/NESCAC Championship. For her efforts, she was lauded as the NESCAC Player of the Year accolades and picked up her third-straight All-NESCAC accolade. Levins was named a First-Team All-Region and an Honorable Mention All-American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), becoming just the second Middlebury individual to qualify for the NCAA Championship in Houston, Texas. She finished in a tie for 18th place among 131 golfers, firing a four-day total of 310 and +22 (78, 76, 80, 76).

Blake Yaccino

Classmate Blake Yaccino, a three-time All-NESCAC selection collected top-10 efforts in six events a season ago. She fired a two-day total of 160 (79-81) during the George Phinney Jr. Golf Classic/NESCAC Championship to finish in a tie for third and earn first-team all-conference honors. Yaccino capped off her third year as a Panther by tying a season-low score of 73 (77-73) to wind up in a fourth-place tie at the Williams Spring Invitational.

Erika Nakagawa

Others who contributed consistently in the lineup last season were senior Anna Zumwinkle, junior Erika Nakagawa and sophomore Maddy Cordeiro. Zumwinkle cracked the top 20 in two tournaments last year, shooting a season-low mark of 165 at the Williams Spring Invitational to finish in a tie for 16th place. She started the year with a 170 (89-81) during the St. Lawrence Invitational.

Maddy Cordeiro

Nakagawa and Cordeiro each played in all but one event last year. Cordeiro tied for 45th place at the Mount Holyoke Invitational with a 172 (82-90), while Nakagawa was 34th during the Jack Leaman Invitational at Amherst with 171. She concluded her season shooting a second-day round of 83 at the Williams Spring Invitational. Nakagawa will join the team after studying abroad in the fall. Sophomore Maren O’Shea and the four newcomers will also battle for spots in the lineup throughout the year.

The Panthers open the fall portion of the season in New York at the St. Lawrence Invitational on September 7-8. The team hosts the George Phinney Jr. Golf Classic on September 28-29, before concluding the campaign when it travels to Williams for a tournament that will double as both the NESCAC Qualifier and the Williams Fall Invitational on October 5-6.

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