NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The reigning Ivy League Champion Yale women's golf team will defend its title at this weekend's Ivy League Championship at Seaview Golf Resort in Galloway, N.J. The Bulldogs send the quintet of captain Lily Boettcher, junior Alex Lipa, sophomores Seo Hee Moon and Sun Gyoung Park, and freshman Shreya Ghei to take on a wide open Ancient Eight field in the three-day tournament starting Friday.
Yale is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Brown Invitational two weeks ago, where Moon led the way for the Bulldogs with a fourth-place finish. Just ahead of her was Penn's Isabel Han (3rd) and Princeton's Kelly Shon (1st), who will be among the contenders for the individual title this weekend. Columbia's Michelle Piyapattra - last year's individual champion - and a handful of Harvard's top names will also be in the hunt.
But if results from this year's Ivy League golf scene tell us anything, it's that the 54-hole tournament is anybody's game, and the defending champs are strong from top to bottom. Captain Lily Boettcher is coming off one of her best performances of her career with a 15th-place showing at Brown. The young Bulldogs only other upperclassmen among this weekend's corps, Alex Lipa, tied Seo Hee Moon as the Yale's top finisher at the Nittany Lion Invitational this fall. She has also been a part of the Bulldog five in the last two tournaments, and finished 26th at the 2010 Ivy League Championships.
Moon and Park have been consistent forces for Yale since their arrival in New Haven last year. Moon is the defending Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year, and finished third at the Ivy League Championships. Park tied for 12th at that tournament, and has proven she has the mettle to perform on the big stage, as she was also Yale's top finisher at the NCAA Regional.
Ghei has been the Bulldogs most consistent freshman performer, and a part of the last two Bulldog scoring squads at the Hoya and Brown Invitationals. The New Dehli, India native was the 2010 Indian Ladies Amateur Champion.
The Bulldogs and the rest of the Ivy League begin play on the par-71, 6,011-yard course Friday at 8 am, and will play 18 holes Friday, Saturday and Sunday to crown this year's champion.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity