Esteve leads men's golf in Mass., women falter in Maryland

by Samuel Stein | 10/26/00 5:00am

A spirited Big Green squad traveled to Brewster, Mass. on Monday and Tuesday to take part in the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship.

Trying to put an exclamation mark on an already solid fall season, the Big Green came out firing. Jero Esteve '03 shot a mistake-free, three-under-par 69 to catapult himself into the first-day lead.

With the field on his heels, Esteve could not continue his excellence, and shot a five-over 76 to drop to second place overall. Although his combined score of 145 was impressive, it was one stroke too many, as the winner, Mike Carbone of Rhode Island, shot a 144.

Dartmouth Captain Lee Birchall '02 finished tied for 13th with a 77-76 for a combined total of 11-over par.

Success was not restricted to these individual performances. As a team in a field of 46, including squads from Divisions I, II and III, the Big Green finished sixth, with Rhode Island winning by 28 strokes over the nearest competition.

The Big Green women traveled down to Frederick, Maryland, on Monday and Tuesday in hopes of bringing back the ECAC championship. Led by an outstanding performance from Vivian Lee '03, the Big Green wrapped up eighth place and also showed tremendous potential for future championships.

Lee shot a career-best 78-82--160 to finish tied for 16th overall.

While the combined score of the Big Green was an unimpressive 663, what made the rest of the field take notice was the fact that the top four scores all belonged to either sophomores or freshmen. With Shannon Rogers '04 shooting an 80-82--162, Kathy Birchall '04 posting a 84-86--170 and Erika Fry '03 firing a 90-81--171, the potential for the Big Green to gather future ECAC trophies is outstanding.