Bernabe Wins Second Tournament in a Row
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale women's golf team charged home with a final-round 290—its best round of the tournament—on Sunday to clinch a 19-stroke victory at the Sept. 20-22 Yale Intercollegiate. Freshman Elisabeth Bernabe fired a 73 to win the individual medal by four strokes.
Both the Bulldogs and Bernabe have recorded two victories in as many appearances in competition this fall. Yale won last weekend's Dartmouth Invitational by 23-strokes, as Bernabe clinched the tournament medal in her first taste of collegiate competition.
The return home to the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn., did nothing to change the Bulldogs' fortunes. The Bulldogs led after Friday's opening round and never looked back: recording rounds of 292-292-290, they finished the Yale Intercollegiate at +22 with a 19–stroke margin ahead of second-place Xavier, who finished with +41. Third-place Penn closed six strokes further back at +47. Sunday's result improves upon Yale's result last year, when it finished fourth at its home tournament.
"I just want to say that I am extremely proud of the team, not only for how they played but for their demeanor on the course," said head coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00. "They showed great poise and grace the entire weekend and I cannot be any prouder."
Indeed, it was a powerful team effort that enabled the Bulldogs to stay at the helm of the leaderboard on Sunday, with four Yale golfers in the top 10. Leading the way was Bernabe, who carded +1 overall, four strokes clear atop the individual standings.
Senior Seo Hee Moon shot the day's low round—a skillful 68 that showed her mastery of the Yale Golf Course—to climb the leaderboard and finish in a tie for second alongside Penn's Amanda Chin with +5. Three strokes further back, junior Marika Liu finished with +8 to tie for seventh. And freshman Sandy Wongwaiwate, in her first collegiate tournament at home, posted a +9 to finish ninth.
"The staff at the golf course were also amazing and totally contributed to the win," Rompothong said. "I would like to thank Donna Hall and her staff, Scott Ramsay, Peter Pulaski, Camille, Andrew, Bobby, Vinny, Ray and all the volunteers for making this a successful weekend! My new assistant Taylor was also instrumental in our success as well."
Next up on the Bulldogs' calendar is the Sept. 27-29 Nittany Lion Invitational, hosted by Penn State on the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.