NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's golf team heads to the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, N.J., Friday seeking to better last year's second-place finish and take home the Ivy League title. Senior captain Alyssa Roland will be defending her individual title, which she took by one stroke over champion Penn's Isabel Han.
The Bulldogs are coming off a performance at the Brown Bear Invitational last week which they would most likely qualify as subpar, as tough wind and some tough breaks saw the Blue-and-White fall to fourth behind Ancient Eight rivals Harvard and Princeton. The Crimson and Tigers will probably be the toughest matchup for Yale this weekend, though last year's champion Penn is also formidable once again. That being said, the Bulldogs did best Harvard, Princeton and Penn, as well as Columbia at the Hoya Invitational earlier this spring, and beat out Penn another time at the C&F Bank Invitational in Williamsburg, Va. the week before that.
While Roland will undoubtedly be a contender to take home a second-straight individual Ivy title, it will be Yale's spectacular freshman duo that the Bulldogs hope can make the difference as they seek the top spot at this year's tournament. Seo Hee Moon has established herself as one of the top freshmen in the nation, winning the individual title in two tournaments (the match against Longwood and the C&F Bank Invitational) this spring, while finishing in the top 10 in all the others. She and classmate Sun Gyoung Park, who has finished in the top 15 in every tournament this spring, including a top-five performance at the ultra-competitive Hoya Invitational, will join Roland in a powerful trio for the Bulldogs.
Rounding out coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00's competing five at this year's championships will be sophomore Joy Kim, whose shining moment came when she posted a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th at the C&F Bank Invitational, and senior Harriet Owers-Bradley. Owers-Bradley tied for fourth (155) at the Hoya Invitational, and has been a consistent force for the Bulldogs all season.
Those five will play the very challenging and historic Atlantic City Country Club course, founded in 1897 and renowned as the "birthplace of the birdie." The course has played host to three U.S. Women's Opens, and will play somewhere around 6,175 yards this weekend. The Bulldogs will face five par-3's and three par-5's over 54 holes. The winner of the Ivy League title receives a bid to an NCAA tournament regional.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity