September 15, 2009

Freshman Lipa Leads Bulldogs to Victory at Towson Invitational

Bulldogs Break All-Time Yale Scoring Record

Final Results

ST. MICHAELS, Md. - The best way to start a season is with a victory and that is exactly what the Yale women's golf team did Tuesday at the Towson Invitational.  Led by freshman Alexandra Lipa, the Bulldogs took their 15-stroke lead from Monday and extended it nine more to claim the tournament by a staggering 24 strokes.  Along with the win, Yale (590) broke its own single-round scoring record of 296 by four strokes, carding a total round of 292.  The next closest team was Longwood (614) who finished in second, followed by Southern Illinois (626) in third.

"292 is the all time low score for Yale women's golf and it feels great to have contributed to it," said junior Alyssa Roland.  "We have been practicing a lot and our team this year has outstanding mental game, which was definitely a huge factor this week.  The course was tricky - the rough was very thick and the greens are much smaller than those at the Yale golf course."

Lipa, playing in her first collegiate tournament, shot the lowest round of the tournament on Monday and followed it up with an even-par 70 on Tuesday.  She was the only player to shoot under-par for the tournament with her two-round total of 139 (-1).  Her next closest competitor, Kameron Carter of Longwood, matched Lipa's 69 from Monday, but still finished three shots behind at 142 (+2).  Lisa Warrilow of Fairleigh Dickinson finished in third with a two-round score of 147 (+7).

"I'm very impressed with the freshman," said Roland.  "Adjusting to college golf is difficult, and they're doing great.  Alex had an amazing tournament, and Joy is very talented as well, so I'm excited to see how they play this season."

But this was far from a one golfer show, as two other Bulldogs finished within the top-five.  Roland, who started the day in a tie for six, came storming back on Tuesday to shoot a round of 71 (+1) and finish alone in fourth place.  Her two-round score of 148 (+8) was just one shot behind Warrilow. 

"I actually found it easier to shoot low today because we had such a big lead, going into the final round," said Roland.  "The pressure was off."

Also joining Roland and Lipa in the top-five was junior Harriet Owers-Bradley, who finished in solo fifth-place.  Owers-Bradley also managed to shave some strokes off her Monday score, shooting a round of 74 (+4) on Tuesday.  She finished with a tournament score of 150 (+10), just two shots behind Roland. 

Sophomore Callie Kemmer also placed in the top-ten for the Bulldogs, taking eighth place with a two-round total of 153 (+13).  She shot a round of 77 (+7) on Tuesday.  Rounding out Yale's team was senior captain Taylor Lee who struggled Tuesday, shooting a round of 89 (+19).  She ultimately finished in a tie for 32nd.  Yale's other freshman Joy Kim competed as an individual this week.  She finished in a tie for 26th with a score of 166 (+26) and a Tuesday round of 82 (+12).

"We all stepped up our game and I'm impressed with the results," said Roland.  "We now have the momentum going for an undefeated season."

The Bulldogs will now have a week off before hosting the Yale Women's Intercollegiate at the Yale Golf Course on September 26-27.

"After playing our first competition, I think we can tell the weaker parts of our game under pressure," said Roland.  "If we work on our short game and continue to practice hard, we'll be ready to take on the other teams, especially Harvard at the Yale Invitational."

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity