Aug. 3, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale was ranked No. 2 in the country in women's golf and No. 3 in the country in men's golf in Golf Digest's annual College Golf Guide ranking of the top academic schools for golfers. The ranking is based on a formula including team scoring average, player growth, academics, climate and coaches/facilities. Yale received a 98 out of 100 for academics, which accounted for 58% of the overall score.
Yale also scored highly in the coaches/facilities category, as its score on both the men's side and the women's side was among top 20% of the country. The Bulldogs play at The Course at Yale, recognized as one of the finest examples of early American golf course design. The course, which hosted the men's NCAA Regional in 2004, is currently in the midst of a round of major improvements.
The men's team is coached by Dave Paterson, who is entering his 32nd season at Yale. Paterson has produced eight Ivy League titles, 10 NCAA qualifying teams and four New England NCAA District I titles. He was selected District I Coach of the Year in 1990, '91 and '96.
The women's team is coached by Chawwadee Rompothong '00, who led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League title and their best-ever score at an NCAA Regional this past season (919, 48 strokes lower than Yale's previous best). Rompothong was a three-time All-Ivy selection as an undergraduate and was a part of three Ivy championships. Yale has won six titles since 1997, the most of any Ivy school.
Complete rankings are available at http://www.golfdigest.com/collegeguide/
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity