Lipa Leads Yale with 75 (+3)
BEALLSVILLE, Md. – After knocking off the winter rust at the JMU Invitational, the Bulldogs got things back on track Monday at the Hoya Invitational. After the first round, Yale (308) is in a tie for second with Maryland, and just five shots back of the leader, Nova Southeastern (303).
“Going into the JMU Invitational we had very limited outdoor practice,” said senior captain Taylor Lee. “We only got onto the driving range once or twice and hadn’t played on a course yet because of the winter. There is a huge difference between playing on a course and just hitting balls on the range. Getting to practice and play over spring break really helped to get our games back.”
The original tournament format called for 36 holes of golf on Monday, but wet weather conditions suspended play after one round.
“It didn’t actually rain today, but the course was really damp,” said Lee. “The superintendent didn’t want us to play another round. The damp conditions made the course a lot longer because the balls wouldn’t roll after our drives. I think going into tomorrow that should give us an advantage because we are already a pretty long hitting team to begin with.”
Freshman Alexandra Lipa led the way for Yale with a round of 75 (+3). She is currently in a tie for fourth with Maria Garcia Austt of Nova Southeastern. Right behind Lipa is junior Harriet Owers-Bradley who fired a round 77 (+5) to put herself into a tie for ninth.
Two Yale players are tied for 16th. Junior Alyssa Roland and Lee both carded rounds of 78 (+6). Rounding out Yale’s team was junior Cassie Boles who shot 82 (+10) to finish the day in a tie for 41st.
The Bulldogs will have 18 more holes on Tuesday to try and overtake Nova Southeastern.
“Five shots is nothing in college golf,” said Lee. “We definitely have a shot to catch them.”
Report filed by Charles Moore ’10, Yale Sports Publicity