PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale women's golf team tees off for the first time this season as they travel to Springdale Country Club in Princeton, New Jersey for 54-hole, 12-team tournament. Amongst the Bulldogs' competition will be fellow Ancient Eighters Harvard, Columbia, Penn, and, of course, host Princeton. Also in the field will be last year's champion Rollins, as well as in-state rival Sacred Heart.
The Bulldogs are led into 2010 by captain Alyssa Roland, the reigning Ivy League champion. Roland is joined by a strong supporting class: all of Yale's qualifiers for the Ivy League Championships are returning this season as the team looks to improve on last year's second-place team finish in the league.
Amongst those strong returners are Roland's fellow seniors Harriet Owens-Bradley - who won last year's Lehigh Invitational last season - and Cassie Boles. Junior Callie Kemmer is coming off a very strong season which saw her take home First Team All-Ivy honors, and classmate Lily Boettcher was the recipient of last year's Widdy Neale Award, which honors that golfer who does the most beyond the scorecard for her team on and off the course.
In addition to this strong group of upperclassmen, the Bulldogs will be helped by a strong core of returning sophomores; Alex Lipa was the champion of last year's Towson Invitational, and fellow 2013er Joy Kim appeared in 10 tournaments for Yale in her debut campaign.
New to the fold this season will be freshmen Sun Gyoung Park and Seo Hee Moon. Park comes to Yae having made quite a mark on the women's golf world this summer, becoming just the 21st golfer in the history of the tournament to sink a hole-in-one at the U.S. Women's Open, which was held at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. Park shot solid rounds of 80 and 79 before missing the cut at the prestigious tournament which featured the top women's golfers from around the world.
Park and Moon will look to follow in the footsteps of Lipa, who took home an individual title in her first collegiate tournament at the Towson Invitational. They and the rest of the Bulldogs will play 36 holes Saturday, followed by 18 Sunday. From there, they will travel back to New Haven to host the Yale Women's Intercollegiate Tournament next weekend at the Yale Golf Course, recently named the #1 Collegiate course in the country by Golfweek magazine.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.