Bulldogs Look to Stay Unbeaten at Hoya Invitational

The 2011 Yale women's golf team.
The 2011 Yale women's golf team.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's golf team is two-for-two in wins so far this season, and though the type of wins have been a little different (the first coming in a two-team matchup with Longwood University, the second over a 22-team field at the C&F Bank Invitational), the story has been much the same. Freshman Seo Hee Moon has absolutely dominated, establishing herself as one of the best freshman golfers in the nation while winning the individual sides of both tournaments so far this spring, and five of six in the fall.

The rest of the Bulldogs have not been far behind. As evidenced by last weekend's performances in Williamsburg, Va., coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00 has the difficult but wonderful challenge ahead of her of choosing from seven other golfers that have all shown flashes of brilliance this year and consistently post top-10 caliber scores. Moon's fellow freshman, Sun Gyoung Park, was Yale's second-best finisher against Longwood, shooting a 72 behind Moon's 70. Last year's Ivy League Champion, captain Alyssa Roland, has also been a force for Yale, finishing in the top 15 at the C&F Bank Invitational (+12 overall).

Her classmate Harriet Owers-Bradley fired a 73 against Longwood to finish just behind Park, and finished just seven strokes behind Roland in the Bulldogs' last outing. Cassie Boles has also seen action, establishing herself as an equally viable option, competing as one of Rompothong's five against Longwood (82).

Sophomore Alexandra Lipa had a strong fall season, followed up by an opening-day 75 against Longwood that put her tied with Longwood's best finisher. Lipa finished third at the Sacred Heart Classic, and was an integral part of Yale's comeback against Harvard at the Harvard Invitational -- both in the fall. Junior Lily Boettcher also bested all of Longwood in the season opener, matching Lipa's 75.

The C&F Bank Invitational saw sophomore Joy Kim claim her stake to a spot as one of the Bulldogs' top options. In a 22-team field, Kim tied for 8th at +11, while posting a hole-in-one on the par-3 twelfth at Ford's County C.C. 

Regardless, then, of who the Bulldogs' competing five prove to be at Georgetown, they seem to be more than able to compete for a win against a highly-competitive field including the likes of Boston College, Lehigh, Richmond, Rutgers, St. John's, and last week's host William and Mary. Ancient Eighters Columbia, Penn and Princeton will also be in the field as Yale tries to make it three straight wins to open the 2011 season.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity