May 12, 2006
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. - One day after registering the best round in NCAA regional play in school history, the Yale women's golf team broke the record again on Friday at the East Regional at Bryan Park Golf Club. Yale shot a 296, 12 strokes better than yesterday's 308. Jeehae Lee led the way with a 1-over par 73.
"We played phenomenally," said head coach Chawwadee Rompothong. "The conditions were better and the girls were more confident. We're trying to save a few strokes each day."
The Bulldogs started on the tenth tee, and both Lindsay Hong and January Romero picked up birdies on the 12th hole. Hong and Cindy Shin each had three birdies on the day and finished at 2-over par 74, shaving four strokes off their first-round totals. Romero finished at 75.
Lee has Yale's best two-round total, a 149. Her 73 on Friday tied Sarah Seo for the lowest individual round at a regional in Yale history (Seo's came in the first round of the 2002 East Regional).
Romero is at 151 while Shin and Hong are at 152. Yale's two-round total of 604 currently has the Bulldogs tied for 16th; Yale has never finished higher than 20th at an NCAA Regional.
The Bulldogs continue to play with only four golfers, as they are without Ellie Brophy. Brophy was sidelined by an illness just before the team was scheduled to leave on Tuesday.
The third and final round is Saturday. 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.
"There's definitely room for improvement," Rompothong said. "The players have all been playing smart, and playing more conservatively so we can be in contention. We'll try to make some birdies tomorrow to move up."
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity