Expecting Tough Competition
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — On the heels of its ninth-place finish at last weekend's Nittany Lion Invitational, the Yale women's golf team will head to Greenville, N.C., to compete at the Oct. 7-9 Lady Pirate Intercollegiate.
The tournament, hosted by East Carolina University at the Greenville Country Club, is expected to draw a strong national-level field. Last year, the Bulldogs claimed seventh place — just five strokes away from the top five — at the Lady Pirate Invitational and they will certainly look to build on that performance this year.
"I believe the team is poised for a low round this weekend," said Head Coach Chawwadee Romopothong '00. "We are focusing on how low we can go as a team and will try to make as many pars and birdies as possible."
Junior Seo Hee Moon, who finished in seventh place, spearheaded the Bulldogs' performance at last year's Lady Pirate Invitational and will look to replicate that strong performance this weekend. Not far behind Moon was fellow junior Sun Gyoung Park, who has consistently put up solid rounds for the Yale team.
Other Yale players who are returning to Greenville with some momentum from earlier performances this season include sophomores Shreya Ghei and Caroline Rouse — the two of them made the top ten at the Sept. 15-16 Dartmouth Invitational — and senior captain Alexandra Lipa.
"The competition will be fierce and we can only control what we do, so we will try to best our lowest competitive round," Rompothong said.
Following the Lady Pirate Invitational, the Bulldogs have just one remaining fall tournament: the Oct. 20-21 Lehigh Invitational at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. Then, the Yale team will break until they recommence competition next March.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.