September 11, 2009

Bulldogs Open Season at Towson Invitational

Taylor Lee Leads Strong Team of Returners

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -  After a long summer break, the Yale women's golf team is preparing to open the fall season at the Towson Invitational.  The 36-hole event will take place on September 14 and 15, feature ten teams, and be played at the Harbourtowne Resort in St. Michaels, Md.

This is the first time that the Bulldogs will be playing in the Towson Invitational after spending the last few years at the Ross Invitational.

"I have wanted to play this event in the past, but have not been able to because of prior commitments," said Coach Chawwadee Rompothong.  "This year we are not going to that tournament so this just fits our schedule.  I feel strongly that we can win this event."

Coach Rompothong's prediction might just come true given the squad she returns from last year.  The Bulldogs graduated only one senior, former captain Natasha Spackey '09, and have added two outstanding freshmen.  The Bulldogs are led this year by senior captain Taylor Lee.  She will be joined by juniors Cassie Boles, Harriet Owers-Bradley and Alyssa Roland.  All three juniors appeared in every tournament for the Bulldogs including the Ivy League Championships where Boles and Owers-Bradley took home All-Ivy honors.  The Bulldogs also return two sophomores Lily Boettcher and Callie Kemmer.  Kemmer won her first collegiate tournament, the Nittany Lion Invitational while Boettcher appeared in four tournaments for the Bulldogs with her best finish coming at the Ross Resorts Invite.  Joining the Bulldogs this year will be Joy Kim from Pinole, California and Alexandra Lipa from Birmingham, Michigan.

"We really have a strong squad" said Rompothong.  "We only lost one starter and we add two outstanding freshmen."

The Bulldogs are going to need strong play this weekend, though, as they go up against a competitive field.  Joining the host-school Townson and the Yale Bulldogs will be Dartmouth, Fairfield, Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island, Longwood, Mount Saint Mary's, Southern Illinois and Saint Francis.

"Our biggest competition going into this tournament will be Longwood, the defending champs," said Rompothong.

The Harbourtowne Resort golf course was designed by legendary designer Pete Dye.  The 18-hole par 70 features narrow fairways with target landing areas, carefully placed mounds in the rough, deep bunkers, high grass bunkers, neat little ponds, walls of railroad ties, and small protected greens.  The front nine plays in open-air alongside the bay, while the back nine takes a turn into the woods with tight narrow fairways.   For the Bulldogs to post a low round they will need accuracy with their irons and straightness off the tee.

The Bulldogs will tee off their 2009-10 season at 8:46 a.m. on September 14.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity