April 17, 2010

Bulldogs Finish Third at ROAR-EE Invitational

Rival Harvard Takes Home Trophy

SUFFERN, N.Y. – The Bulldogs faced some tough conditions Saturday at the ROAR-EE Invitational.  Yale (619) finished in third place behind Harvard (603) and Penn (613).  Harvard and Penn somehow managed to master the conditions, as each played close to their scores from Friday.  But the Bulldogs played seven strokes higher than their first round score and could not catch the Crimson.

“It was extremely windy and cold today,” said junior Alyssa Roland.  “The course was tight and the pin placements were tricky.  There were a lot of side slopes.  But what really made the difference was the wind.  By the end of the round, my face was red from wind burn.”

The effect of the conditions certainly showed in many of the Bulldogs' scores.  Freshman Alexandra Lipa came into the day tied for first, but after a round of 80 (+8) she finished in a tie for fifth.  The best round of the day went to Roland, who dropped three strokes off her first round score to shoot 76 (+4).  She finished tied for 15th.  Also in that tie for 15th was junior Harriet Owers-Bradley.  Owers-Bradley opened the tournament with a 77 (+5) and closed with 78 (+6) for a total of 155 (+11).  Sophomore Callie Kemmer stayed the most consistent of all the Bulldogs shooting a round of 79 (+7) on both Friday and Saturday.  She finished in a tie for 25th.  Rounding out Yale's team was junior Cassie Boles.  Boles started the tournament in a tie with Roland and Kemmer at 79 (+7), but fired an 84 (+12) on Saturday to fall into a tie for 49th.

“I think we struggled most with putting this weekend,” said Roland.  “We always focus on our short game, but we can always use more practice, especially on putting.”

Yale also entered an individual in the tournament, senior captain Taylor Lee.  Lee was in a tie for seventh after day one, when she shot a round of 76 (+4).  But, she too struggled with the Saturday conditions and shot 86 (+14) to finish in a tie for 44th.

With just a week until Ivies, it looks like Harvard is the team to beat based on this weekend's results.

“We have a really good shot,” said Roland.  “Harvard is definitely our biggest competitor, but we all have the potential to go low.  We need to practice hard this week and make sure our short game is in check.”

The Ivy League Championships will begin Apr. 23

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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