May 18, 2009

The Middlebury College women's golf team finished in eighth place overall (1,311) among 21 teams at the '09 NCAA Championships in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The finish tied a school-best set in '07, after a 14th place finish a year ago. Methodist won the title for the 12th straight time with a four-day total of 1,257.

The Panthers shot their second-best round of the week on the final day of competition, coming in with a 328. Sophomore Courtney Mazzei (Larkin Valley, Calif.) led the group on day four, shooting an 80 with nine pars and a birdie. Senior Julie Ellenberger (Concord, Mass.) and first-year player Flora Weeks (Seattle, Wash.) were next, both shooting 81's. Ellenberger pared nine holes with a birdie, while Weeks earned three birds with six pars on the day. Sophomore Jessica Bluestein (Tucson, Arizona) shot an 86 with eight pars and a birdie, while sophomore Elizabeth Hirsch (New City, N.Y.) rounded out the squad with an 86.

Mazzei finished the tourney tied for 17th place with a 322, followed by a 325 from Weeks to leave her in a 20th place tie. Ellenberger came in with a 329, followed by Bluestein (337) and Hirsch (366).

Weeks and Mazzei were the top Panthers on day three, both shooting a five-over par 77. Weeks pared 13 holes with a birdie, while Mazzei pared 11 holes, also with a birdie. Ellenberger was next for the Panthers with a 79, paring a dozen holes on the afternoon. Bluestein followed with a 93 with eight pars, followed by Hirsch with a 91.

Bluestein lead the team on day two, shooting an eight-over-par 80 with a birdie and eight pars. Ellenberger shaved three strokes off her day one score with an 83, including a pair of birdies. Mazzei shot an 84, while Weeks came in with an 86, both with eight pars. Hirsch rounded out the squad on day two with a 94.

On day one, Bluestein pared 11 holes with two birdies, shooting a 78 to pace the squad. Weeks and Mazzei each shot an 81 for the Panthers, both with over 10 pars on the afternoon. Ellenberger was next with an 86, followed by Hirsch with a 95, each recording a birdie.
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