October 4, 2009

Bulldogs Finish Eighth at Nittany Lion Invitational

Rollins Defeats Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Yale women's golf team's struggles continued on Sunday at the Nittany Lion Invitational.  Yale (942) shot a Sunday round of 322 (+34) to finish in eighth place.  Rollins (909) ran away with the tournament, after shooting a team score of 296 on Saturday.  The Tars finished 16 shots ahead of host school Penn State (925) and 18 shots ahead of Eastern Michigan (927).

The Bulldogs started off the tournament strongly, shooting a round of 303.  They were in second place behind Rollins heading into the second round, but having to count two scores in the 80s set the Bulldogs back.  Their round of 317 moved them out of the top five and they would never recover.

The Bulldogs' problems could not be attributed to any single player, with every player shooting at least one score in the 80s.

"Everyone struggled out there," said sophomore Callie Kemmer.  "It was a different problem for everyone.  No one brought their complete game this weekend.  I think most people were pretty confused by what was going on.  No one could quite figure out what the problem was."

Kemmer led the Bulldogs with a 16th-place finish, closing with a round of 75 (+3).  Her three rounds of 83 (+11), 76 (+4) and 75 (+3) combined for a tournament total of 234 (+18).  She finished 16 shots out of first place which was claimed by Emily Ransone of Penn State.  Just two shots behind Ransone was Joanna Coe of Rollins.

"The conditions were really windy and cold," says Kemmer.  "The course was playing a lot harder than last year.  It was longer with thicker roughs.  The rain also made it soggy."

Sophomore Harriet Owers-Bradley, who led the Bulldogs on Saturday, had her own struggles on Sunday, shooting a round of 85 (+13).  Her rounds of 73 (+1) and 78 (+6) were Yale's bests through the first two rounds.  She combined for a total tournament score of 236 (+20) and finished in a tie for 26th.

Junior Cassie Boles led Yale with Owers-Bradley in the first round, shooting 73 (+1).  She followed that up with rounds of 81 (+9) and 83 (+11) and finished in a tie for 33rd with a score of 237 (+21).

Freshman Alexandra Lipa and sophomore Lily Boettcher rounded out the Yale team.  Lipa finished in a tie for 42nd, while Boettcher came in a tie for 68th.  Lipa shot two rounds of 79 (+7) to open and close the tournament, with a round of 82 (+10) in the middle.  She finished with a total of 240 (+24).  Boettcher opened the tournament with a round of 78 (+6), but fell off with rounds of 86 (+14) and 85 (+13) to finish out the tournament.

"We need to work on turning a bad round into something that is reasonable," said Kemmer.  "We can't let a bad round spiral out of control."

The Bulldogs will be back in action at the Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 17-18.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity