September 28, 2012

Nittany Lion Invitational to Challenge Golfers

Chance to Consolidate Momentum at Third Fall Tournament

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale women's golf team will travel to State College, Pa., this weekend to compete at the Sept. 28-30 Nittany Lion Invitational, which will be played this year on the Penn State Blue Course. 

"I am looking forward to seeing the team perform this weekend," said Head Coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00. "It will be a great opportunity to test our skills against a competitive field and see where we can continue to improve."

While the Nittany Lion Invitational is traditionally one of the most competitive tournaments on the Bulldogs' fall radar, it will nevertheless present several opportunities for the team.

First, the team will look to consolidate momentum after clinching the Sept. 15-16 Dartmouth Invitational and finishing in a tie for fourth place at last weekend's Yale Intercollegiate. And the Bulldogs will also look to build upon last year's performance at the Nittany Lion Invitational, where they finished in a tie for ninth place overall with Ivy League rivals Harvard.

To do so, the Yale golfers will have to contend with Penn State's Blue Course, a par-72 course of 6,229 yards that has caught many players off guard. Along with the Bulldogs, 16 other teams will be competing at the Nittany Lion Invitational, including Ancient Eight rivals Harvard and Princeton.

"The [Yale] team looks great and hopefully a few putts will drops for us this weekend," Rompothong said. 

Yale's top finisher at last weekend's tournament was junior Seo Hee Moon. At last year's Nittany Lion Invitational, Moon tied senior captain Alexandra Lipa as the Bulldogs' top finisher, tying for 27th overall with a 154.

After the Nittany Lion Invitational, Yale will travel to the Oct. 7-9 Lady Pirate Intercollegiate at the Greenville Country Club in Greenville, N.C., and then the Oct. 20-21 Lehigh Invitational at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.

Players will tee-off with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Friday, and play two more rounds on Saturday and Sunday, in pairings with an 8:30 a.m. start. 

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.