Look to Reclaim Ivy League Dominance
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the first 10 years of the Women's Ivy League Golf Championship, there were only two names ever inscribed on the trophy: Princeton and Yale. Six times the Bulldogs captured the title and four times the Tigers did. As of late, the rest of the Ivy League has been trying to get in on the party with Columbia winning one and Harvard winning the last two. Yale will look to change that this year at the world-famous Baltusrol Golf Club. The three-day championship will take place Apr. 23-25.
The Bulldogs will be up against a strong field this week as Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton will all make the journey to New Jersey. Harvard will come in as the favorite for the third year in a row, after they won the ROAR-EE Invitational last weekend in dominating fashion. They defeated Penn by 10 strokes and the Bulldogs by 13.
This year's tournament will be hosted at the world-famous Baltusrol Golf Club. Baltusrol has been the site of seven U.S. Open Championships, two U.S. Women's Opens and the 2005 PGA Championship, which was won by Phil Mickelson. Jack Nicklaus won the 1967 and 1980 U.S. Opens at Baltusrol and the likes of Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, and Tiger Woods have all walked the fairways of Baltusrol. The course is set at the base of the Baltusrol Mountain in northern New Jersey. It hosts two championship courses, an Upper and a Lower, both designed by architect A.W. Tillinghast. The Lower Course is a par 72, 7,015-yard course with three signature holes: the fourth, seventeenth, and eighteenth. The Upper Course is also a par 72, but measures 6,866 yards. The Upper Course has the narrower fairways and greens, as it is built on the side of a hill.
The Bulldogs have had a bit of an up-and-down season. They opened the year with a win at the Towson Invitational, where freshman Alexandra Lipa took home the individual trophy. From there, the Bulldogs took fourth at their own Fall Intercollegiate. Harvard and Penn finished first and second there. Then, after being in second place at the Nittany Lion Invitational after day one, the Bulldogs posted back-to-back high rounds and finished in eighth. But, the Bulldogs finished fifth at the Hoya Invitational and defeated every Ivy League team in attendance. And if this past weekend is any indication, the Bulldogs are right at the top with Harvard and Penn. It will all come down to who comes ready to play.
The Bulldogs will tee-off Friday morning as they look to reclaim their rightful spot atop the Ivy League.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity