July 11, 2011

Three Bulldogs Earn NGCA's Scholar All-American Honors

Three Yale women's golfers, 2011-12 captain Lily Boettcher, 2010-2011 captain Alyssa Roland and freshman standout Sun Gyoung Park, have been named National Golf Coaches' Association's 2010-11 All-American Scholars. The honor is reserved for collegiate golfers who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Boettcher was voted captain for the 2011-2012 season by her teammates at the annual banquet this spring after playing in six tournaments for the Bulldogs this year. Her best round was a 74 at the Yale Women's Intercollegiate last fall, and she scored lower than the entire Longwood team (75) in the Bulldogs' 2011 spring opener. The American Studies major is a two-time Widdy Neale Award winner, an honor given 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.

Park battled through an injury-plagued fall to put together a stellar spring campaign for the Bulldogs. The Political Science major tied for fourth at the Hoya Invitational (82, 73) and 12th at the Ivy League Championships (82, 76, 74) to help Yale take home the Ancient Eight title. She was also the Bulldogs' second-best finisher at the NCAA Regional in Daytona Beach, Fla., posting rounds of 72, 79 and 75 to finish 49th overall.

Roland was the 2010 Ivy League Individual champion, riding a spectacular final round - on her birthday, no less - to the victory. As captain for the 2010-11 season, Roland was one of three Bulldogs to appear in all ten tournaments. She tied for third at the Brown Bear Invitational (72, 74) and turned in four top-ten finishes overall.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity