Sept. 28, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After having to cancel Saturday's round of the Yale Women's Intercollegiate due to rain and wet conditions, players returned to the Course at Yale to play a fresh round of 18 holes on Sunday. Officials decided early Sunday morning that there would not be enough time to finish Saturday's round. They made the decision to reduce the tournament to 18 holes, even though some players had completed up to 17 holes of play on Saturday. For the Bulldogs who had come out of the gates strongly on Saturday, it took a toll.
"We actually shot pretty well the first day, especially considering the weather conditions," said sophomore Alyssa Roland. "It was definitely much more stressful playing today, knowing that only 18 holes of play would determine the winner. It made every shot seem like it counted more, and we didn't play as well as we would have liked."
Fighting through still damp conditions, the Bulldogs finished in sixth place with a team score of 311. They were ten shots behind the tournament champion and last year's Ivy League Champion, Harvard, who finished with a score of 301. The University of Texas San Antonio (305) finished four shots behind Harvard to take second place. Rounding out the top three was Birmingham Southern who finished with a team score of 308. Other than Harvard, Yale shot lower than every other Ivy League Team in the tournament. Columbia (312) finished in seventh, Brown (320) finished in 14th, Dartmouth (326) finished in 15th and Pennsylvania (330) finished in a tie for 17th.
Yale was led by sophomore Harriet Owers-Bradley who shot a four-over round of 75, placing her in a tie for ninth place. Senior Erica Im and sophomore Alyssa Roland both shot rounds of 78 (+7) to tie for 29th place. Senior captain Natasha Spackey shot a round of 80 (+9) to place her in a tie for 45th. Rounding out Yale's team was freshman Callie Kemmer in a tie for 52nd, with a round of 81 (+10). Yale also entered three individuals in the tournament. Freshman Lily Boettcher, competing in her first collegiate tournament, tied for 29th, with a score of 78 (+7). Sophomore Cassie Boles carded a round of 79 (+8), placing her in a tie for 38th. Junior Taylor Lee finished in a tie for 58th, with a round of 82 (+11).
Yale's already tough golf course was made even tougher by the wet conditions, and it showed in the player's scores. No one was able card scores under par. The winner, Allie Jordan of the University of Texas San Antonio, shot a 71 (E). Right behind her in a tie for second place was Heather Arison of Brown University and Eva Mayr of Fairleigh Dickinson. They both shot rounds of 72 (+1). Morgan Stepanek of William and Mary, who Kemmer had beaten by five shots at the Nittany Lion Invitational two weeks ago, finished in fourth with a round of 73 (+2).
"We saw our weaknesses today," said Roland. "Now we know some of the things that we need to work on in order to prepare for the Ivies."
The Bulldogs will return to action Oct. 10-12 at the Xavier Invitational in Daytona, Fla.
Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity