Jump to Third Place, 20 Shots Back of Lead
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – It was moving day at Baltusrol and the Bulldogs did their part, dropping 14 strokes of their Friday score. Yale (642) moved up two spots into third place, just 12 shots back of second place Harvard (630) and 20 shots back of first place Penn (622).
“Our team is definitely getting more confident with the course as we get further into the tournament,” said junior Alyssa Roland. “We are hoping to improve even more tomorrow.”
Yale began showing signs of improvement early on Saturday. The biggest improvement of the tournament came from junior Harriet Owers-Bradley. After shooting a round of 89 (+17) on Friday, Owers-Bradley came storming back on Saturday to shoot 77 (+5) and give the Bulldogs a much needed lift. Instead of having to count two scores in the 80s, Yale only counted one on Saturday. Owers-Bradley is currently in a tie for 18th at 22 strokes over par. She opened her day with a bogey at the par 4 second, but holed out for eagle at the par 4 fifth to get to one under par. A triple bogey at nine sent her back to two over, but she played the back nine in just three over to finish out at five over on the day.
“I hit a lot more greens today,” said Owers-Bradley. “I had shorter putts all day and the eagle on number five really helped.”
While Owers-Bradley improved the most, Roland stayed the most consistent. Roland has been on fire all tournament and is tied for third, just one stroke back of the leaders, Tiffany Cheung and Isabel Han of Penn. Roland shot a 76 (+4) on Saturday with solid all around play. She carded four bogeys on the front nine, but played a nearly flawless back nine with one bogey and a birdie on the 18th.
“I was striking the ball really well today, but I struggled with my putting,” said Roland. “Ending the round with a birdie felt great. I stuck my eight iron to three feet and made the putt. It gave me a bit of momentum heading into tomorrow.”
Right behind Roland on the leaderboards is sophomore Callie Kemmer. Kemmer has been as consistent as Roland firing back-to-back rounds of 78 (+6) to end Saturday alone in seventh place and three shots back of the lead. Kemmer had a good round going through the first 17 holes. She played the front nine in three over and was just one over on the back nine before double bogeying 18 to end her round at six over.
Junior Cassie Boles and freshman Alexandra Lipa struggled on Saturday with the tough Baltusrol course. Boles fired a round of 83 (+11), three shots better than her Friday total, and Lipa shot an 88 (+16). Boles is in a tie for 24th, while Lipa sits alone in 32nd.
Boles struggled with the par 3s for the second day in a row. She made double bogeys at seven and 15 and bogey at 10. Her lone birdie came at the par 4 12th. Lipa, on the other hand, played the par 3s in one under par, but made bogey or double bogey on each par five and made a triple bogey at the par 4 14th.
Nevertheless, the Bulldogs are just 20 strokes back, and with nasty weather predicted for tomorrow, anything is possible on a course like Baltusrol.
“It is definitely doable,” said Roland. “In team golf, things can change very quickly.”
The Bulldogs will tee off in groups with Harvard and Penn beginning at 12:10 p.m.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity