Wellesley Golf Takes Second Place at Ann S. Batchelder Invitational

First year Ella Warburg finished in fifth place (Frank Poulin).
First year Ella Warburg finished in fifth place (Frank Poulin).

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College golf junior Ryan MacVicar (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) and first year Ella Warburg (Mercer Island, Wash.) each finished in the top-five to lead the Blue to runner-up honors at the 2018 Ann S. Batchelder Invitational, held this weekend at Wellesley's par-72, 5,860-yard Nehoiden Golf Course.

Amherst College (311-300-611) claimed the team title for the third consecutive year, overcoming a five-stroke deficit on Saturday to run away from the field in the final round. The Mammoths took the title by 14 strokes over second place Wellesley (306-319-625), aided by play of individual medalist Morgan Yurosek, who fired a weekend-best round of 70 on Sunday. Yurosek (76-70-146) claimed individual medalist honors at the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational for the second time in her career (2016). 

Vassar (325-330-655) came in third, followed by Middlebury (337-338-675) in fourth and Mount Holyoke in fifth (333-348-681). Trinity (Conn.) (464-413-877) rounded out the field at this year's tournament.

MacVicar (76-76-152) matched her career-low opening round score on Sunday to lead the Blue and finish in a tie for third place. Warburg, who came into Sunday's final round tied for the lead, finished in fifth in her first collegiate event (75-78-153). Macvicar and Warburg tied for the tournament lead in pars (25).

First year Hannah Blonder (Westwood, Mass.) gave Wellesley three golfers in the top-ten, finishing in 7th (76-82-158), while classmates Chansie Yang (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Audrey Lin (Fremont, Calif.) rounded out Wellesley's team score in a tie for 15th. Yang (79-85-164) finished two strokes back of Lin (81-83-164) on Sunday.

Juniors Olivia de Cuba (Bilthoven, Netherlands) and Isabelle Chun (Palo Alto, Calif.) led the second flight of Wellesley golfers, finishing in a tie for 19th. de Cuba (81-88-169) finished three strokes back of Chun (84-85-169) on Sunday. First year Aine Kenwood (Potomac, Md.) was tied for 21st (83-88-171), classmate Carmen Chan (Birmingham, Mich.) finished in a tie for 26th (89-86-175) and junior Naomi Kim (Troy, Mich.) was tied for 30th (90-91-181).

Wellesley golf will continue the season next weekend at the Mount Holyoke Invitational at the The Orchards in South Hadley, Mass.