May 11, 2006

Bulldogs Open Play at NCAA East Regional

May 11, 2006

BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. - Yale is tied for 16th after the first day of competition at the NCAA Women's Golf East Regional Thursday at Bryan Park Golf Club. The Bulldogs shot a 308, the best round in school history in NCAA regional play. California and LSU were tied for the lead at an even-par 288.

Yale was led individually by Jeehae Lee and January Romero, who both shot a 4-over par 76. Lindsay Hong and Cindy Shin each finished with a 6-over par 78.

"We played really well," said Yale head coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00, noting that Yale's late afternoon tee time left the Bulldogs facing very gusty winds and intermittent showers. "Our goal was to break 80. Tomorrow we'll try to be a little more aggressive."

Yale got some tough news right before making the trip, as Ellie Brophy was sidelined by an illness just before the team was scheduled to leave on Tuesday. Unable to play, Brophy still traveled to support her teammates.

"This course would have suited her well," Rompothong said. "The other players have worked really hard to make up for her loss."

Each Bulldog started slow, as the team as a whole had three bogeys and one double-bogey on the first hole. But each golfer settled down after that, and Yale had three birdies on the third hole. Lee and Romero were particularly strong on the back nine, as both finished just one over par there.

Yale's previous low round was a 317 on the second day of the 2003 Central Regional at the Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.

Hong will start the second round for Yale, teeing off from the tenth hole at 9:00 a.m. Friday.

The top eight teams at the regional, plus the top two individuals not on those teams, advance to the NCAA Championship May 23-26 at the Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio, hosted by Ohio State.

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report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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