HANOVER, N.H. – Both senior Alessandra Ricigliano (Scarsdale, N.Y.)and junior Krystal Knight (Groveland, Mass.) shared the honor of winning the individual title at their first tournament of the 2017-18 season, while the Merrimack College women’s golf team as a whole settled for second at the Penmen Labor Day Classic that concluded on Monday evening at the Hanover Country Club in New Hampshire.
What They Said
- Head Coach Jason Malcolm: “I thought we played really well this weekend given the challenges of having to play 27 holes in one day and that it was everyone’s first time back on the course together since April. In particular, I was really proud of the way Al and Krystal golfed — both of them played very well! This was a great building block for us to get going as we start playing some more important super regional tournaments the rest of the fall.”
How It Happened
- Playing in its first tournament of the fall season, Merrimack traveled about two hours northwest to partake in the Southern New Hampshire-hosted Penmen Labor Day Classic for the first time.
- The Warriors roared out of the gate midway through yesterday’s first round and had a three-stroke lead against Northeast-10 Conference rival Franklin Pierce after nine holes, but rainy weather forced the suspension of the opening round until Monday morning.
- All five teams in attendance then had to play catch-up on Monday, finishing the final nine holes of the first round before playing the entirety of the second round, setting the stage for an exhausting 27-hole day of golf.
- While Franklin Pierce eventually opened up a seven-stroke lead after the first 18 holes and held on for a six-stroke lead and the tournament’s team title, what Knight and Ricigliano did during their first rounds of the fall were nothing short of spectacular.
- Knight carded a career-low 71 in the second round, topping her previous single-round score by one fewer stroke, to highlight a two-round score of 144 strokes. Ricigliano, meanwhile, did one better in shooting a first-round 70, which ties 2015 graduate Ali Reed for the lowest single-round score in program history. She, too, finished with a two-round ledger of 144 to tie Knight for the lowest score, while Knight won the individual title in a scorecard tiebreaker.
- Not far behind was senior Jessica Wagner (San Diego, Calif.), who claimed fifth place with a two-round total of 160. Newcomer and first-year junior Nina Harrington (Newburyport, Mass.) rounded out the top-four after a solid first-round score 82 to start her Merrimack career before settling in a tie for 14th after carding a 173.
- Junior Olivia Dempster (Auckland, New Zealand) and graduate student Samantha Monaco (Brewster, N.Y.) shot a 178 and 181, respectively, to round out Merrimack’s group.
Merrimack heads to Pennsylvania for the only time this fall next weekend when it participates in the Gannon University Michael Corbett Fall Classic starting Sunday (Sept. 10).