May 8, 2010

Alyssa Roland Named 2010-11 Captain

Lily Boettcher Takes Home Widdy Neale Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Alyssa Roland has been elected Yale's 2010-11 women's golf captain.  The announcement came at Wednesday night's end of season banquet after a team vote.

In addition to announcing Roland's election, the team also announced its one annual award.  Lily Boettcher took home the Widdy Neale Award.  The Widdy Neale Award is given annually to the player who does the most to boost the morale of the team and who goes the extra step both on and off the course.

“It's really an honor to be named captain for next year,” said Roland.  “I couldn't be more excited to lead such a talented group of players next year.”

Roland, a native of Newton Square, Pa., won this year's Ivy League Championship.  She shot rounds of 78 (+6), 76 (+4) and 73 (+1) to win the individual medal by one stroke.  She finished inside the top 10 on three occasions over the season.  She took fourth at the Towson Invitational, and eighth at the Nittany Lion Invitational, in addition to her win at Ivies.  Her best round of the season was a 71 (+1) shot at the Towson Invitational.  She averaged 78.24 strokes, second best on the team.

Roland will lead a team that returns all five players from the Ivy League Championships and three golfers that won individual tournaments during the season.  In addition to Roland's win, junior Harriet Owers-Bradley won the Lehigh Invitational and freshman Alexandra Lipa won the Towson Invitational.  As a team, the Bulldogs had six top-five finishes.  They won the Towson Invitational, finished second at the Ivy League Championship, third at the ROAR-EE Invitational, fourth at the Yale Intercollegiate, and fifth at the Lehigh Invitational and Hoya Invitational. 

Roland will get help leading the team from two other seniors, Owers-Bradley and Cassie Boles.

“The fact that three of our returning players won an individual title this past year goes to show the depth of our team,” said Roland.  “I have no doubt that with the help of Cassie and Harriet, I'll be able to guide our team through a very successful season.”

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity