October 2, 2009

Bulldogs Head to Nittany Lion Invitational

Look to Rebound after Disappointing Home Tournament

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After another waterlogged year at the Yale Women's Intercollegiate, the Bulldogs are looking to right the ship this week at the Nittany Lion Invitational hosted by Penn State.  The tournament will be played over two days Oct. 3-4 with 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.  The teams will be competing on Penn State's Blue Course.

Joining Yale and Penn State will be 15 other teams from around the country.  Princeton will be the lone other Ivy League School.  The Tigers finished just two shots behind the Bulldogs at the Ivy League Championships and until 2007 had been one of only two teams to win an Ivy League Championship.  The other was the Bulldogs.  The other teams in attendance will be Ball State, Boston College, Bucknell, Eastern Michigan, Longwood, Maryland, Monmouth, Richmond, Rollins, Rutgers, UNC-Greensboro, Western Michigan, William and Mary and Youngstown.

The 17 teams will be challenging Penn State's Blue Course, which was renovated in 2006 when they added three ponds and an additional 640 yards of length.  The course features two contrasting front and back nines.  The front nine requires accurate tee shots to set up for carefully guarded greens, as well as skillful course management to handle 27 green side bunkers.  The back nine features a more links-style approach with large undulating greens and not only green side bunkers, but fairway bunkers and water hazards.

The Bulldogs are coming off a rough weekend which saw them finish fourth at home in a rain-shortened tournament.  The Bulldogs struggled on Saturday, ending the day in fifth place and 16 shots behind the leader Harvard.  The Bulldogs were hoping to gain ground on Sunday, but all-day rain forced the round to be cancelled and Harvard was awarded the tournament.

Sophomore Callie Kemmer won the Nittany Lion invitational last year, besting the competition by four strokes.  It was her first collegiate event and the Bulldogs' only individual win of the year.  The team finished in seventh at last year's event.  Juniors Cassie Boles, Harriet Owers-Bradley and Alyssa Roland all competed at the tournament last year.  Roland and Boles finished in 29th and 37th, respectively, while Owers-Bradley was disqualified because of a misreported score.

The Bulldogs will tee off early Saturday morning.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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