March 15, 2011

Bulldogs Set to Tee Off 2011 Season

LAKE WALES, Fla. – The Yale women's golf team tees off its spring season Tuesday morning at the Mountain Lake Golf Course. The Bulldogs will take on Longwood University. The Bulldogs then head to William and Mary for the two-day William and Mary Invitational, then travel to Georgetown a week later for the Hoya invitational. The Brown Bear Invitational is Yale's last tune-up before the Ivy League Championships Apr 22, 23 and 24.

 As they march to those Ivy League Championships, the Bulldogs will combine a strong groups of returners with their potentially dominant 1-2 freshmen punch: Seo Hee Moon and Sun Park. Moon burst onto the scene in Yale's fall season, taking home four individual wins in five tournaments, while finishing third in the fifth – the highly competitive Nittany Lion Invitational. Park was unable to compete for much of the fall due to injury, and though her scores did not count for the team competition at the Harvard Invitational, the freshman posted the second-best score of any Yalie. At the Sacred Heart Invitational, the Bulldogs' fall finale, Park was the fourth-place individual finisher overall.
 
Sun and Moon bolster an already strong group of returners, led by captain Alyssa Roland, who used a spectacular Sunday march up the leaderboard – on her 21st birthday no less – to take home the individual Ivy League title last year. She and classmates Harriet Owers-Bradley and Cassie Boles will be massive contributors as three of five of Yale's representatives at last year's Ivy League Championships.
 
The Bulldogs will also rely heavily on junior Lily Boettcher, who received the Widdy Neale award last year given annually to the player who does the most to boost the morale of the team and who goes the extra step both on and off the course. Sophomore Joy Kim finished tenth at last year's Yale invitational, and had a strong fall for the Bulldogs, as did sophomore Alexandra Lipa,  who won her first collegiate tournament ever – the Towson Invitational – last season, before posting a top-30 finish at the Ivy League Championships.
 
Yale faces a short but intense schedule leading up to the all-important Ivy League Championships in late April. Once there, the Bulldogs hope to better last year's finish and top the Ancient Eight, a feat well within the reach of a squad which has tremendous potential in 2011.
 

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity

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