ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – The York College women's golf squad kicked off their 2019 fall campaign much like they ended last spring, with a tournament championship. The Spartans, the defending Capital Athletic Conference champions, earned their first tournament title of the year on Sunday as they won the Gettysburg Invitational in a tiebreaker over Stevenson University at the Hanover Country Club in Abbottstown.
The Spartans trailed the Mustangs by two strokes after Saturday's opening round but York was two shots better on Sunday forging the tie after 36 holes. The Spartans won the tournament on the tiebreaker of their fifth player score. York won the tournament thanks to Shelby Tapman's 83 on Sunday, besting Emma VanDeCar's 89 for the Mustangs.
The Spartans placed three players in the top ten of the tournament, led by sophomore Jordan Koller. Koller posted a second-place finish as she finished with a two-day total of 154. Koller opened the tournament with a 76 and followed that with a 78 to finish 12 over par. Koller finished three strokes behind tournament champion Casey Oppenheimer from Stevenson. Oppenheimer blistered the HCC track with a two-over par 73 on Sunday. Koller finished tied with Alvernia's Yupha Muzyka for second.
Freshman Natalie Robson made her collegiate debut a memorable one as the newcomer from Bradenton, Florida finished fourth in the tournament. Robson was one stroke back of Koller as she opened with an 80 on Saturday and followed with a strong 75 on Sunday. Robson's Sunday score was York's best of the day and was the second best in the 44-player field.
The reigning CAC Rookie of the Year, sophomore Anna Moore, was York's next finisher as she finished eighth for the Green and White. Moore shot an 82 on Saturday but trimmed four strokes off that score on Sunday as she fired a 78.
Sophomore Brooke Burnette was York's fourth scorer on Sunday as she finished with an 82 to tie for 12th in the tournament. Burnette finished the tournament with a score of 167 after shooting 85 on Saturday.
Tapman opened the tournament with a 91 but bounced back with an 83 on Sunday, a score that ultimately won the tournament title for the Green and White. Tapman finished 21st in the field.
York had a pair of juniors play as individuals in the tournament. Emma Harding finished tied for 17th as she finished with a two-day total of 170. Harding shot 86 on Saturday and followed that with an 84 on Sunday. Fellow junior Lindsey Bonner was one stroke back of Harding in 19th place with a score of 171. Bonner shot 88 on Saturday and was five strokes better on Sunday.
The tournament title is the Spartans' seventh championship in the three-year history of the program. York won four championships in 2018-19 and two in their first varsity season in 2017-18.
The Spartans will get right back to action on Monday as they travel to the Bridgewater (Va.) Fall Invitational at Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The tournament kicks off Monday at noon with the second round being held on Tuesday, also at noon.