September 25, 2009

No. 40 Bulldogs Prepare to Host Yale Women’s Intercollegiate

Four Ivy League Teams to Attend

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With one tournament win already in the bag, the No. 40 Yale women's golf team is preparing to host its only tournament of the season.  The Yale Women's Intercollegiate will feature 13 teams and be held Sept. 26-27 at The Course at Yale.  The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday, followed by 18 more on Sunday.

"I always like our chances, especially playing 36 holes on Saturday," said head coach Chawwadee Rompothong ‘00.  "Everyone is playing well and if we keep it up, we should bring home the title."

The tournament will be played on the world famous Yale golf course. The course was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald, the renowned golf course architect, champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA. He collaborated with Seth Raynor and Charles Banks to design the course, which was opened in 1926. The course is recognized as one of the finest examples of early American golf course design with large deeply bunkered greens and narrow rolling fairways. The course has been the site of every significant state championship, two USGA Junior National events, the 1991, 2004, and 2010 NCAA Eastern Regional championships and both the men's and women's ECAC Championships.  It has been voted the No.1 College Golf Course in America and No.45 of the Top 100 Classical Golf Courses in America. In 1988, it was ranked by Golf Magazine as 71st among the 100 most difficult courses in the world. 

This year the Bulldogs will welcome 13 teams to the Yale golf course, including four Ivy League rivals.  Competing from the Ivy League will be Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn.  Harvard is the defending Ivy League Champion, having beaten Yale by just two strokes.

Other teams participating in the tournament will be Boston College, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hartford, IUPUI, Long Island, Sacred Heart and SUNY Albany.

The Bulldogs struggled here last year thanks to a shortened tournament caused by rain.  They ended up finishing sixth.  Junior Harriet Owers-Bradley led the team with a round of 75, placing her in a tie for ninth place.  But in the past the Bulldogs have experienced much success at their own tournament. Two years ago, the Bulldogs won the Yale Women's Intercollegiate by eight strokes over Harvard. The tournament was won by Yale's Lindsay Hong `08, while last year's captain, senior Natasha Spackey, finished just one stroke behind Hong to take third place.

All eight Yale players will get the opportunity to compete this weekend.  Last week, the Bulldogs won the Towson Invitational and broke the all-time Yale scoring record for a single round.  The Bulldogs carded a second round of 292, eclipsing the previous mark of 296 by four strokes.  Freshman Alexandra Lipa led the Bulldogs to victory, winning the individual first place trophy.  She was the only player to shoot under-par for the tournament with a two-round total of 139 (-1).  Owers-Bradley and junior Alyssa Roland also placed in the top five.  Roland took fourth place, while Owers-Bradley followed closely in fifth.

The Bulldogs will tee-off early Saturday morning.  Shuttle buses will be leaving from Payne Whitney Gymnasium for spectators to head out to the course.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity