March 18, 2009

Bulldogs Head to Winthrop University Intercollegiate

March 18, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's golf team will try to improve upon their impressive fifth-place finish at last week's Eagle Landing Invite, in this week's Winthrop University Intercollegiate. The Intercollegiate is being hosted by Winthrop University at the Rock Hill Country Club. The course will be set for 6,000 yards with a par of 72 and will be played on Mar. 20-21.

The Rock Hill Country Club is an A.W. Tillinghast design. It features small, undulating bentgrass greens that place a premium on approach shots and strong putting. Tillinghast was considered one of the most prolific golf course designers of all times, working on over 265 golf courses. His courses have hosted both PGA Championships and U.S. Opens.

The strong course will feature a strong field as well. The twelve team field will feature three top-100 teams, including Yale which is currently ranked No. 99. The teams will be Cleveland State, Gardner-Webb, High Point, No. 79 Minnesota, No. 65 Oral Roberts, Presbyterian College, Saint Francis, St. John's, USC Upstate, Winthrop, Wisconsin-Green Bay and No. 99 Yale.

The Bulldogs improvement in ranking comes after a strong performance at last week's Eagle Landing Invite. Although the Bulldogs finished fifth, three of the four teams ahead of Yale were ranked in the top-80 in the country. No. 49 Chattanooga won the tournament, while No. 52 East Carolina came in second. No. 79 South Florida rounded out the top three. Junior Taylor Lee led the way for the Bulldogs coming in 10th-place overall. Her three-round total was 222 (+6). Sophomore Cassie Boles finished the tournament tied for 15th with a score of 226 (+10). Senior captain Natasha Spackey finished in third for the Bulldogs, and finished in a tie for 31st overall. Her tournament score was 229 (+13). Sophomores Harriet Owers-Bradley and Alyssa Roland went shot for shot with each other, shooting the same score all three rounds for a final score of 231 (+15). They finished in a tie for 40th.

"After our play last weekend and the amount of practicing we have been doing this past week, I think we have a really good shot at winning this tournament and shooting a team record low," said Roland.

Tee-times will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 20

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity