October 17, 2009

Bulldogs in Fifth at Lehigh Invitational

Tough Conditions Cause High Scores

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Yale women’s golf team is in fifth at the Lehigh Invitational after battling horrendous conditions all day.  Columbia (312) is currently leading the tournament after being the only team to post three scores in the 70s.  The Lions have a six shot lead on the Crimson of Harvard (318) and a 13 shot lead on Penn.  Yale (332) is twenty shots back of Columbia.

“The conditions were terrible today,” said junior Alyssa Roland.  “It was snowing and sleeting while we were on the driving range.  There was casual water all over the course and the only place we weren’t playing lift, clean and place was in the bunkers.”

Perhaps the strangest part of the day was the fact that the Bulldogs didn’t even play all 18 holes of the golf course.  They played the same nine holes twice.

“The men’s team had a tournament going on as well, and if we were to play all 18 holes we would have had to go into the clubhouse and wait while they finished,” said Roland.  “They decided that the men would play the same nine twice and we would play the same nine twice.”

The Bulldogs were able to manage only one score in the 70s.  Junior Harriet Owers-Bradley posted a 79 (+7) and is currently in a tie for seventh. Sophomore Lily Boettcher followed up Owers-Brdley with an 83 (+11).  She is in a tie for 19th.  Roland and freshman Alexandra Lipa are tied for 23rd after shooting rounds of 85 (+13).  Rounding out Yale’s team was junior Cassie Boles, who shot a score of 87 (+15).

The Bulldogs will have 18 holes Sunday to try and make up the deficit. 

Report filed by Charles Moore ’10, Yale Sports Publicity

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