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Wassarman leads women's golf past Bowdoin in opener

Kelly Wassarman led all players with an 81 as Bates women's golf opened the 2015 season with a head-to-head victory over Bowdoin. (File photo by Sarah Crosby/Bates College) 

AUBURN, Maine -- Sophomore Kelly Wassarman was the medalist with an 81, as she led the Bates women's golf team to a season-opening victory over Bowdoin in a head-to-head match featuring Maine's only two varsity women's golf teams Saturday at Martindale Country Club.

Bates' foursome of players scored a combined 351 at Martindale, while visiting Bowdoin carded an aggregate 379.

Wassarman (Middleton, Wis.) shot an 81 and senior captain Elizabeth LaVerghetta (Norton, Mass.) scored an 87 to pace Bates, outscoring Bowdoin's top two, Haley Friesch (84) and Diya Chopra (87).

The Bobcats separated themselves more with their third and fourth finishers. Junior Sarah Centanni (Hingham, Mass.) shot a 90 and junior Penelope Ganske (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) carded a 93, undercutting Bowdoin's Meredith Sullivan and Rachel Kaye by a total of 25 strokes.

Bates and Bowdoin will face each other again next Saturday, Sept. 19, at Brunswick Golf Club.