May 4, 2012

Lipa Named 2012-13 Women's Golf Captain

Alexandra Lipa (Birmingham, Mich.) has been named captain of the 2012-13 Yale women's golf team. Lipa was elected by a vote of her teammates at this week's annual banquet. 

"It's an honor to know that the team believes in me and I'm so grateful to be chosen to lead such a talented group," Lipa said. "This team and the girls on it means so much to me and it is heartwarming knowing that they feel the same way."

Lipa has been an integral part of the Bulldog squad since she stepped on Yale's campus in 2009. The Trumbull College resident burst onto the collegiate golf scene in her very first tournament with an individual title at the Towson Invitational, a tournament that saw her fire a spectacular two-day total of 139. A four-time Michigan All-State selection in high school, Lipa's strong debut season garnered her a place in Yale's top five for the 2010 Ivy League Championships, where she finished 26th. 
Despite battling injury in the spring of her sophomore year, Lipa appeared in seven tournaments for the Bulldogs. She was a similarly consistent performer this season, appearing in six tournaments, including the Ivy League Championships. Lipa tied sophomore Seo Hee Moon as the Bulldogs top finisher at this fall's Nittany Lion Invitational, and turned in a solid showing at the East Carolina Invitational, posting Yale's third-best score with 228 over three rounds. She rounded out the fall in style with Yale's second best finish - just a stroke behind sophomore Sun Gyoung Park - at the Harvard Invitational (15th overall). 
This spring, Lipa was a part of the Bulldog five at both the Hoya Invitational and Brown Invitational, before playing in the Ivy League Championships, where she finished tied for 25th. Lipa led the way for Yale early in that tournament, sitting in a tie for fourth after her opening round. 
Lipa follows in the footsteps of 2011-12 captain Lily Boettcher, who will be one of two Bulldogs not returning next season, along with classmate Callie Kemmer. Lipa will head a young and talented squad in a wide open Ivy League, and has high hopes for the team that finished just ten strokes behind Harvard for this year's title. 
"With the group of girls that are coming back next year along with the addition of two freshmen, I expect to win the Ivy League Championship," Lipa said. " I'm very passionate about this game and it shows through my competitiveness and hard work. I hope these qualities will help me to help others to strive to be their best. The girls on this team are extremely talented and I have no doubt in their ability that we will bring home the trophy next year."
The tradition Lipa inherits certainly suggests that's a realistic expectation: the Bulldogs have finished in the Ivy League's top three in six of the last seven years, including a title in 2011, and a third-place finish in this year's tournament. 
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.