WILLIAMSBURG, VA – The York College women's golf program captured their first-ever Capital Athletic Conference Championship as the Spartans edged host Christopher Newport by one stroke over the three-day tournament to win the title. The Spartans finished the tournament with a score of 989 while the Captains finished at 990. York won the tournament with a Saturday team score of 326.
Southern Virginia was a distant third with a score of 1194 while Mary Washington was the fourth team in the tournament with a score of 1198.
York freshman Anna Moore finished second in the tournament and was named the Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year as she finished five strokes back of tournament medalist Erica Whitehouse from Christopher Newport.
All five Spartan starters earned top ten finishes for All-CAC team honors.
Moore was outstanding all weekend as she finished with a score of 242 as she shot 81, 80, and 81 for the tournament. Moore went out in 42 on Saturday and came back in at 39 for her 81 as she earned first-team All-CAC honors.
Fellow freshman Jordan Koller finished third individually as she was two strokes back of Moore. Koller shot 81, 82, and 81 for the tournament. Koller went out in 44 but was brilliant on the back side as she went one-over-par with a 37 to help seal the championship for the Spartans. The third-place finish sealed first-team All-CAC honors for Koller.
York's third freshman starter, Shelby Tapman, also played well on Saturday as she shot 81. Tapman shot 43 on the front but was another Spartan who was great over the final nine holes as she fired a 38 for her 81. Tapman got better each day as she opened with an 85, followed by an 84 and finally the 81 when the Spartans needed it most. She earned first-team All-CAC honors by virtue of her fifth-place finish.
Sophomore Lindsey Bonner was York's fourth scorer on Saturday as she shot an 83, her best round of the tournament. Bonner finished ninth as she completed the tournament with a score of 258. Bonner was consistent on Saturday as she shot 42 on the front followed by a 41 on the back for her 83. Bonner earned second-team All-CAC honors for the first time in her collegiate career.
Sophomore Emma Harding finished the tournament tenth to earn her second straight All-CAC honor. Harding finished the tournament with a score of 259 as she shot 82 on Thursday, 90 on Friday, and 87 on Saturday. Harding shot 44 on the front followed by a 43 on the back.
The tournament victory is the fourth of the year for the Green and White in just the second year as a varsity program.
The CAC Championship does not come with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament but the Spartans could still earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. The championships will be held May 14-17, 2019 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. The tournament field get announced on May 6.