September 14, 2009

Bulldogs in Control at Towson Invitational

Freshman Alexandra Lipa Shoots 69

First Round Results

ST. MICHAELS, Md. - The Bulldogs have wasted no time coming out of the gates at the Towson Invitational, where they jumped out to a 15-shot lead on Monday.  Yale (298) was led by freshman Alexandra Lipa who shot the low round of the tournament at 69 (-1).  Chasing the Bulldogs are Southern Illinois (313), Longwood University (315) and Fairleigh Dickinson (320).  The only other Ivy League team at the tournament, Dartmouth, is in sixth with a score of 338.

"Everyone played really well today," said senior captain Taylor Lee.  "Alexandra has been playing really well recently and has been improving steadily at home on the Yale course.  Individually, 69 is our target number, so it is encouraging to see someone hit it in the first round of the season."

Lipa leads a team of Bulldogs that placed four players in the top seven, after the first round.  Junior Harriet Owers-Bradley and sophomore Callie Kemmer are currently in a tie for fourth with a round of 76 (+6).  They are followed closely by junior Alyssa Roland, who shot a round of 77 (+7), placing her in a tie for sixth.  Lee rounded out the Yale team posting 81 (+11) and putting her twelve shots back of the lead in a tie for seventeenth.  Yale's other freshman, Joy Kim competed as an individual for the Bulldogs and shot a round of 84 (+14).

But it was all Lipa on Monday who leads the field by four shots.  Kameron Carter of Longwood and Lisa Warrilow of Fairleigh Dickinson both shot rounds of 73 (+3), putting them in a tie for second-place.  The next closest players are Owers-Bradley and Kemmer.

The scouting report coming into the tournament said that the key to success would be straightness off the tee and accuracy with the irons.  That is exactly what turned out to be the case.

"The roughs are really difficult to hit out of," said Lee.  "You need to stay in the fairways especially on some of the longer holes.  If you hit your drive into the rough on one of the long holes, you are going to struggle to reach the green in two.  Other than that the greens are small but nothing too tricky."

The Bulldogs will have 18 holes on Tuesday to extend their lead and claim their first tournament of the season.

 "Our goal is to break our team record of 296," said Roland.  "We definitely have room for improvement, and I think we have a good chance at breaking that mark tomorrow."

Whether they break 296 or not Lee adds that, "If we play like we did today, we should have no problem winning this tournament."

The Bulldogs will tee-off tomorrow at 10:06 a.m.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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