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Women's golf places 13th at Williams Fall Classic

Senior Jordan Banez shot a 101 on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Williams Fall Classic, in her final competition on the Bates women's golf team. File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- First-year Emily Plotnikov shot back-to-back rounds of 92 at the two-day Williams Fall Invitational, leading the Bates women's golf team to 13th place out of 15 teams overall, and sixth out of six NESCAC squads. The tournament, which doubles as a NESCAC event, concludes the season for the Bobcats.

Plotnikov (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished 49th individually among 80 players; the rookie standout has led the scoring for the Bobcats in the team's final three tournaments.

Sophomore Elizabeth LaVerghetta (Norton, Mass.) shot a 99 on Sunday and senior Jordan Banez (Fredericksburg, Va.) carded a 101, as both tied for 65th place. First-year Sarah Centanni (Hingham, Mass.) tied for 72nd at 216, and sophomore Jessica Plotnikov (Brooklyn, N.Y.) shot a 233.

With a top-four-player combined score of 807, the Bobcats were 18 strokes behind NESCAC rival and 12th-place Hamilton (789), but outshot both Westfield State (837) and Union College (875). Williams battled back on Sunday with 316-313 (629) to overcome Saturday's deficit and take the title over Middlebury, which fell to second place, while Ithaca overtook Amherst for third place in the tournament.

Taconic Golf Club proved more difficult on Day Two. Though the wind did not pick up heavily until the last few holes, mist and rain throughout the day made the course even wetter than Saturday. The field handled the weather well, adjusting by hitting longer clubs and taking advantage of Sunday's mark, lift, clean, and place ruling.