Sept. 30, 2007
New Haven, Conn. - The Yale women's golf team won the Yale Fall Intercollegiate on Sunday with a two-day team total of 619. Lindsay Hong won a share of the individual title with a score of 152 (74-78). St. John's Brittany Lamberston also scored 152, but no playoff was played. The two golfers each received a first place trophy.
The Bulldogs won the event by 8 strokes over Harvard (627). They entered the second round 6 shots ahead of Rollins College and were able to maintain the lead through a day of gusting winds at the Yale Golf Course. Rollins (628) finished in third, only one shot back of the Crimson.
The victory was a crucial one for a Yale team that had not won a tournament since the Ivy League Championship in April 2006. Last season, the Bulldogs finished in second place at three different events and took third place twice, while never finishing worse than sixth. It was a very successful season, but one lacking an outright victory.
Head Coach Chawwadee Rompothong commented that the team has been particularly motivated since last season. "We have been very driven since Ivy's last year," she said. "The girls managed to stay composed all weekend and battled through what were actually quite tough conditions."
"Playing at home definitely helped," Rompothong added. "We have worked hard to know the nuances of this course and I believe it paid off."
Indeed, the Bulldogs dominated the field all weekend. All of Yale's top five golfers finished better than 18th, with four players in the top 10.
Hong, who took second place at two tournaments last season, won her first collegiate event, and in comeback fashion. After trailing the leader by one stroke after the first day, she maintained her focus and finished atop the leaderboard.
Natasha Spackey was not far behind. The junior finished only one shot behind Hong (76-77-153) and tied for third place. It was her best performance while at Yale, beating the fourth place finish she had at the same event last season.
Yale travels next to Piscataway, N.J. on October 13 to compete in the Rutgers Invitational.
Report filed by Alex Kleiner '08, Yale Sports Publicity