April 1, 2008
BEALLSVILLE, Md. - The Bulldogs played a good round of golf on Tuesday at the Hoya Invitational, but it was not enough to stop the charging Princeton Tigers. Princeton started the day three shots behind Yale but finished nine shots up. Teams had to battle strong winds throughout most of the morning, which lead to higher scores for many schools. However, Princeton's Susannah Aboff did not seem fazed as she turned in an even par round of 72 to lead Princeton to a first place finish.
Yale began the day with four players in the top 20, and they ended it the same way. Freshman Harriet Owers-Bradley, who started the day in third place, held onto it by shooting a round of 76. She finished five strokes behind the leader, Aboff. Senior Lindsay Hong was able to improve her position; she moved from a tie for 11th to a tie for ninth by shooting a round of 78. Junior Natasha Spackey and Senior Ellen Brophy were Yale's other two top 20 players, finishing tied for 13th and tied for 17th respectively. Alyssa Roland, competing for Yale as an individual, finished in a tie for 53rd with a final round score of 87. Brophy and Owers-Bradley led the tournament in scoring average on the par 4s, playing them in just six over par.
The Bulldogs were able to play the Tigers even on the par 3s and 4s. Yale shot just one stroke higher on the par 3s and shot one stroke lower on the par 4s. The difference came on the par 5s. Yale played the par 5s in 18 strokes over par, while Princeton shot just eight over par. Yale also struggle to produce birdies. Yale was able to convert 27 more pars, but 19 fewer birdies than Princeton.
Finishing six strokes ahead of the Bulldogs and in second place was Rollins University. Host school Georgetown finished in fifth place. The other Ivy Schools in the tournament, Columbia and Penn, finished in sixth and ninth respectively.
The Bulldogs will resume play at the Columbia Invitational on Apr. 11.
Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity