September 25, 2008

Bulldogs to Host Yale Women's Intercollegiate

Sept. 25, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs will play host to 19 other schools this weekend at the Yale Women's Intercollegiate. The tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28 with a practice round on Friday, Sept. 26.

The tournament will be played on the world famous Yale Golf Course. The course was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald, the renowned golf course architect, champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA. He collaborated with Seth Raynor and Charles Banks to design the course, which was opened in 1926. The course is recognized as one of the finest examples of early American golf course design with large deeply bunkered greens and narrow rolling fairways. The course has been the site of every significant state championship, two USGA Junior National events, the 1991 and 2004 NCAA Eastern Regional championships and both the men's and women's ECAC Championships. It has been voted the #1 College Golf Course in America and #45 of the Top 100 Classical Golf Courses in America. In 1988, it was ranked by Golf Magazine as 71st among the 100 most difficult courses in the world.

The tournament will feature some tough competition to match the tough golf course. From within the Ivy League, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard will all be participating. Harvard are the defending Ivy League Champions, after beating the rest of the field by 10 shots at least year's championship. Columbia won the Ivy League championship in 2007, becoming the first team, other than Yale or Princeton, to win the Ivy League Championship since its inception in 1997.

Other teams participating in the tournament will be Berry College from Mount Berry, Ga., Birmingham Southern, Boston College, Fairleigh Dickinson, University of Hartford, Monmouth, Richmond, Rollins College, Sacred Heart, St. John's, Towson, University of Texas San Antonio and William & Mary.

The Bulldogs have experienced much success at their own tournament over the years. Last year, the Bulldogs won the Yale Women's Intercollegiate by eight strokes over Harvard. The tournament was won by Yale's Lindsay Hong `08. This year's captain, senior Natasha Spackey, finished just one stroke behind Hong and took third place. Other returning players are junior Taylor Lee who finished in ninth last year, sophomore Harriet Owers-Bradley who finished tied for 18th, sophomore Cassie Boles who finished tied for 30th, and Alyssa Roland who finished tied for 50th. Going further back in history, the Bulldogs took third place in 2006 on the back of Spackey's fourth-place finish and they took second in 2005. This is a tournament and a course at which the Bulldogs have found success.

This year the team will be lead by sophomore Harriet Owers-Bradley, senior Erica Im, freshman Callie Kemmer, sophomore Alyssa Roland, and senior captain Natasha Spackey. Kemmer is coming off a big win at her first collegiate tournament, a four-shot victory at the Nittany Lion invitational. She defeated last year's individual Ivy champion, Princeton's Susannah Aboff, by six shots. The Bulldogs will also be entering three golfers as individuals. Freshman Lily Boettcher, sophomore Cassie Boles and junior Taylor Lee will all get to compete this weekend.

The Bulldogs will tee off in the first group from the first tee on Saturday morning. Spackey will lead off the group at 7:30 a.m., followed by Owers-Bradley at 7:38, Roland at 7:46, Im at 7:54 and Kemmer at 8:02. The individuals will tee off at the same time, but from the tenth tee.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity