Following a weather-shortened, ninth-place showing at last weekend's Nittany Lion Invitational in State College, PA, the Yale women's golf team is on the road again, this time to Greenville, N.C. for the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, hosted by East Carolina University.
The 20-team field is perhaps the toughest the Bulldogs will face all fall, featuring ten teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 100 (Yale is currently 129th). Among those teams are fellow Ancient-Eighters Penn (138th), and the field's highest-ranked squad will be Georgia State (55) followed by the host Pirates (59).
The Bulldogs' success pivots around the play of their dynamic sophomore duo, "Sun and Moon," who have been an integral part of the Yale corps since their arrival on campus last fall. Sophomore Seo Hee Moon was last year's unanimous Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year, while her classmate Sun Gyoung Park was an equally as crucial component of Coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00's team, particularly during the Ivy League Championships and the NCAA Regionals.
Joining those two in the ranks of the underclassmen this year are three strong freshmen Shreya Ghei, Marika Liu and Caroline Rouse. Ghei posted a strong round of 76 in last week's second round, catapulting her to a top-fifty finish.
Also crucial will be junior Alex Lipa and senior captain Lily Boettcher, both of whom were in action last week. Lipa's second-round 75 was the Bulldogs' best of the day and put her into a tie with Moon for Yale's best overall performance last weekend.
The Bulldogs have two tournaments remaining on their fall schedule – the trip to Lady Pirate Invite and the Harvard Invitational, which will take place next weekend.