Yale Takes Fifth
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Junior Harriet Owers-Bradley won the Lehigh Invitational in a playoff on Sunday afternoon. Owers-Bradley came into the day two shots back and tied for seventh, but after shooting the lowest score of the tournament, she found herself in a tie for first with Lehigh's Rosie Davies. It only took one playoff hole and a 15-foot clutch putt for Owers-Bradley to wind up holding the first-place plaque.
"The conditions were much better today," said Owers-Bradley. "It was a bit damp and cold, but it didn't rain."
Owers-Bradley came into the day two shots back after shooting a 79 (+7) on a Saturday where the conditions got the better of the players. Saturday's round saw just nine rounds in the 70s with everyone else in the 80s or higher. The players played the front nine twice due to awful conditions and slow play by the men's team. Sunday the players played the back nine twice.
"It was tough because you didn't know what was going on," said Owers-Bradley. "It was a really weird tournament. I think our team just had an off weekend."
Owers-Bradley's 75 (+3) brought her even with Davies after 36-holes and it would take one more to decide the tournament champion. The players teed up on the first hole and Owers-Bradley blasted her drive into the rough. Davies ball sailed down the fairway and it was advantage Davies. Owers-Bradley's second shot ended up in the bunker just right of the green, while Davies ended up in the left bunker, and the players were back on even ground. Owers-Bradley's bunker shot landed 15 feet under the pin. Davies shot out of the bunker landed six feet above the pin.
"I had a pretty easy putt straight up hill and even though her putt was shorter, it was tougher and downhill," said Owers-Bradley.
Owers-Bradley drained her clutch putt and Davies missed hers giving Owers-Bradley the win.
"I really wanted to get revenge on the Lehigh course," said Owers-Bradley. "I played this course as a freshman and shot a 14 on one hole. My goal was just to par it which I did both days. The whole thing was pretty exciting though."
The rest of the Bulldogs did not find the same success as Owers-Bradley, finishing in fifth place with a total score of 655. A trio of Ivy League teams finished at the top of the leaderboard. Harvard won the whole tournament with a score of 633. Columbia finished three shots behind Harvard in second, with Penn seven shots behind the Lions.
Yale struggled under the conditions in Bethlehem all weekend. Junior Alyssa Roland and freshman Alexandra Lipa finished in a tie for 18th. They matched each other's scores on both days shooting 85 (+13) and 81 (+9). They finished with a two-round total of 166 (+22). Freshman Lily Boettcher and junior Cassie Boles also shared a final score, finishing in a tie for 33rd. Boettcher shot a round of 83 (+11) on Saturday and 90 (+18) on Sunday, while Boles shot 87 (+15) on Saturday and 86 (+14) on Sunday. They both finished with totals of 173 (+29).
The Bulldogs are now done for the fall season and will head into the off-season with one team victory and two individual victories.
"We need to work on a bit of everything this offseason," said Owers-Bradley. "It is going to take a lot of hard work especially on our mental toughness."
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity