September 26, 2009

Bulldogs in Fourth at Yale Women’s Intercollegiate

 Harvard Leads With Strong Second Round

Round 1 Results | Round 2 Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After two rounds at the Yale Women's Fall Intercollegiate, the Bulldogs are in fourth place and 16 shots back of perennial rival Harvard.  Both Yale (626) and Harvard (610) struggled Saturday morning, but the Crimson made a big move in the afternoon, while the Bulldogs remained stagnant.

Despite struggles in the morning round, the Bulldogs were right in the thick of things.  The team shot a total round of 314, putting them three strokes behind Harvard (311) and Boston College (311), and 13 strokes behind Penn (301). 

The Bulldogs were led in the morning by junior Cassie Boles who carded a round of 76 (+5).  Boles played the first five holes in even par, but had a tough stretch to close out the front nine bogeying six, seven and nine.  Boles recovered on the back nine though, firing only two bogeys on 12 and 18 to finish out her round. 

Boles was followed by freshman Alexandra Lipa who just last week won the Towson Invitational.  Lipa shot a round of 78 (+7) that featured one birdie and a handful of bogeys.  Lipa struggled to close out the front and back nines, bogeying seven, eight, nine and then 17 and 18. 

Junior Harriet Owers-Bradley could have had a great round if it were not for holes three and four.  Owers-Bradley birdied two, seven and 17, but was hurt by back-to-back triple bogeys on three and four.  She ended up with a final score of 79 (+8). 

Yale's final score for the morning was senior captain Taylor Lee who posted a score of 81 (+10).  Lee was hurt most by a double-bogey on three and a quadruple bogey on 15.  Without those holes she would have led the team with a score of 75. 

The Bulldogs uncounted score was junior Alyssa Roland who shot a twelve-over round of 83.  Roland got off to a rough start, quadruple-bogeying the first hole and bogeying the second.  She then settled down and played the rest of the front nine in even-par.  But she could never quite recover from those first two holes and a slew of bogeys on the back-nine left her twelve-over-par.

"I had a really rough time sticking the greens because they were so dried out," said Roland.  "I would hit perfect wedges, land them before the pin, and watch them roll all the way to the back of the green."

Heading into the second round, the Bulldogs needed to make up some ground, but they ended up having to count two scores in the 80s which stifled thoughts of a Bulldog charge. 

Yale was led in the afternoon by Owers-Bradley with a score of 74 (+3).  She started the round with a double bogey, but settled down and came back with a birdie on four and handful of pars before bogeying the ninth to end the front-nine.  Her back nine started off as bad as her front with bogeys on 10 and 11, but she again settled down to par the next four holes and finish out the round birdie-bogey-birdie. 

Owers-Bradley was followed closely by Boles who shot a 75 (+4) and is leading the Bulldogs overall.  Boles had birdies on three and nine, but a double bogey on ten and bogeys on five, seven, 12 and 17 left her at four-over par for the round. 

The rest of the Bulldogs struggled in the afternoon with no one able to break 80.  Lipa came the closest firing a round of 80 (+9).  Her round avoided any big blow-up holes, but a lack of birdies and handful of bogeys kept her out of the 70s.  Roland and Lee both shot rounds of 83 (+12).  Roland managed to squeeze in a birdie, but it was her only one in a round that featured numerous bogeys and three double bogeys.  Lee was hurt by a stretch of three holes to finish out the front nine, where she shot bogey, double-bogey, and triple-bogey.

Yale's individuals found a bit more success on the course than the team.  Sophomore Lily Boettcher fired a first round score of 73 (+2), putting her in a tie for second place, but a second round score of 80 (+9) dropped her back into a tie for sixth.  Sophomore Callie Kemmer began the day with a round of 77 (+6), which was good enough to put her in a tie for ninth.  However, she also followed up her morning round with an 80 (+9), dropping her into a tie for 18th.  Freshman Joy Kim started off the day on a rough note with a round of 80 (+9), but came firing back in the afternoon to card a score of 74 (+3).   She currently sits in a tie for 10th.

"It was really windy out there and the pace of play was lethargic which made it hard to concentrate," said Kemmer.  "Add to that, tough pin placements and the difficulty of playing 36 holes on the hilly Yale Golf Course, and it makes for a very difficult day of golf."

The Bulldogs will tee-off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., hoping to get all 18 holes in before the rain.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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