With all but one golfer from 2003-2004 returning, and the addition of four talented recruits, Yale looks ready to compete for its sixth Ivy League title in nine years. The Bulldogs ended last year with a second-place finish at the Ivy Championship, one of four second-place finishes on the year. They also had one first-place finish, at the Harvard Invitational, and should experience even more success this year.
Team captain Lauren Ressler led the Bulldogs to the title at the Harvard Invitational last fall, finishing with a tournament-best 159. Classmate January Romero won the William & Mary Invitational with a 145, setting a new program low in the process. She had the team's second-best stroke average on the year (78.2). Jessica Shapiro played in all nine tournaments last year, highlighted by a seventh-place finish at the Harvard Invitational.
Sophomore Cindy Shin had an excellent debut last year. Her second-place finish at the Ivy Championship (232) was one of six times that she finished with Yale's top score at a tournament. She won the Yale Invitational (148) and also had top-four finishes at the Harvard Invitational (164, t-4th), Lady Herd/El Diablo Invitational (223, 4th) and William & Mary Invitational (152, t-3rd). Classmates Marion Stanley and Carmen Zimmer also saw plenty of action last season and look to contribute more this year.
Yale welcomes four freshmen this season: Ellie Brophy (Spokane, WA), Lindsay Hong (Honolulu, HI), Caroline Kerns (Barrington, IL) and Lauren Pappas (Sewickley, PA).