April 23, 2010

Bulldogs in Fifth at Ivy League Championships

Roland and Kemmer Tied for Fifth

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – After round one at the Ivy League Championships, the women's golf team is in fifth place, 14 shots back of the Penn (314).  Scores from all the teams were high on Friday, with only two players in the tournament shooting scores under 75.  Every team had to count at least one score in the 80s and the Bulldogs (328) had to count two.  Harvard (319) is currently in second, with Princeton (325) and Columbia (325) in a tie for third.

The Bulldogs were led on Friday by junior Alyssa Roland and sophomore Callie Kemmer.  Both players carded scores of 78 (+6) and are currently in a tie for fifth with Anna Jang of Princeton and Megan Tuohy of Brown.  The group is six shots behind leader Katie Sylvan of Harvard.

Roland had a pretty quiet day on the course except for double bogeys at the fourth and at 14.  Beyond those holes, she carded three bogeys and one birdie at the ninth.  Kemmer had a bit more of an up and down round.  She opened with a birdie at the first and then carded five bogeys over the next 12 holes before she birdied the par 4 14th.  She closed the round with a double bogey at 16 and a bogey at 17.

“The course was extremely tough” said Roland.  “They double cut and rolled the greens on the Upper Course, where we were playing.  They only rolled the greens for the men on the Lower Course.  It made the greens extremely tough to figure out.”

Junior Cassie Boles and freshman Alexandra Lipa also shared the same score.  The two golfers finished in a tie for 26th, after shooting rounds of 86 (+14).  Boles was plagued by three double bogeys and four bogeys on the front nine.  She calmed down a bit on the back nine, but closed with four bogeys over the last five holes.  Lipa also struggled from start to finish.  She opened with five bogeys in the first eight holes, before making a triple bogey on the ninth.  Her back nine was more of the same as she made four bogeys and a double bogey.

Rounding out Yale's team was junior Harriet Owers-Bradley.  Owers-Bradley shot a round of 89 (+17), placing her in 32nd place.  Owers-Bradley had a decent round going through the front nine.  She pared the first three holes, before hitting five consecutive bogeys.  Still she closed the front with a par to make the turn at just +5.  The back nine is where things got out of control.  In three holes, Owers-Bradley went from +5 to +11 with a bogey, triple bogey and double bogey.  She made par at 13, but closed with four bogeys and another double bogey.

“We can absolutely make up the ground on Penn,” said Roland.  “Especially on this course, any team could blow up tomorrow.  We just need to shoot some decent scores to gain back some ground, before heading into the final day.”

The Bulldogs will get their chance to make up ground when they tee-off Saturday at 11:50 a.m.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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