Wassarman shoots a final round 81 to lead women's golf to 8th place at Middlebury Invitational

Senior captain Kelly Wassarman shot an 81 to lead the Bates women's golf team on the final day of the 2017 Middlebury Invitational. (File photo by Josh Kuckens/Bates College) 

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates women's golf team moved up one spot to finish in eighth place out of 12 schools thanks to an 81 from senior captain Kelly Wassarman on the final day of the George Phinney Golf Classic at the The Ralph Myhre Golf Course of Middlebury College. 

After shooting a first round 93, Wassarman (Middleton, Wis.) finished with a two-day total of 174, good for a tie for 29th place out of 67 golfers in the field.

The Bobcats finished with a two-day score of 781 as a team. Bates was able to jump ahead of Johnson & Wales and the Bobcats held off ninth place Rhode Island College by five strokes. Amherst took the team title with a two-day total of 638, beating host Middlebury by three strokes.

First-year Andrea Hepfinger (Madison, Wis.) shot a 99 and finished in 50th place with a two-day total of 197. First-year Eleanor Murphy (Schwenksville, Pa.) improved by five strokes on Sunday, shooting an even 100 to finish 54th in the field.  

Junior captain Chelsea Anglin (Dayton, N.J.) and first-year Brittany Seipp (Glen Head, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for Bates with Anglin shooting a 103 for the second straight day for a 55th place finish and Seipp tying for 56th. 

The Bobcats are back in action Oct. 7 and 8 when they compete in the NESCAC Championships, hosted by Williams College at the Taconic Golf Club.