The Yale women's golf team takes to the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday for the first of three days of competition at the NCAA's East Regional, hosted by Stetson University. The Bulldogs earned the Ivy League's bid to the tournament by virtue of their Ivy League Championship win April 23-24.
Yale boasts the Ivy League's Player and Rookie of the Year in freshman Seo Hee Moon, who won six of the 10 individual titles she competed for this season, finishing in the top three in 9 of 10 tournaments. Moon and fellow freshman Sun Gyoung Park, who posted two top-five finishes this spring, combined with last year's Ivy League champion, captain Alyssa Roland, her classmate Harriet Owers-Bradley, as well as sophomore Joy Kim, who also emerged as a major contributor as the season went on, to bring home the Ivy title; accordingly, it will be Kim, Moon, Owers-Bradley, Park and Roland as the five golfers Coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00 takes to regionals.
Those five will have to be at their very best throughout the three days of competition, as only the top eight teams at the 24-team regional advance to the national tournament – a feat Northeastern teams rarely accomplish. If they are to move on, the Bulldogs will be taking a bite out of power conference squads like Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Florida, and Kentucky(SEC), Purdue, Michigan State (Big Ten), Cal, Arizona State, Arizona (Pac-10), and the ACC's North Carolina and Florida State.
The LPGA International is a par-72, 6271-yard course on which the Bulldogs will play 54 holes, beginning at 1:25 p.m. Thursday.
For further information, see the New Haven Register's coverage: