April 28, 2013

Yale Takes Third at Ivy League Championship

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Liu in Third, Moon in Fifth 

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — The Yale women's golf team wrapped up its season with a third-place finish at the Apr. 26-28 Ivy League Championship. Despite strong individual performances, the Bulldogs could not overtake Harvard or Princeton at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Entering the final day of competition in third place, Yale battled to move up the leaderboard throughout the day. The Bulldogs carded a +66 for the tournament, 21 strokes behind champions Harvard and 20 strokes behind second-place Princeton.

"I feel that the course out played a few of us this weekend and sometimes that happens," said Head Coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00. "At the championship when everything is on the line, there is no room for errors and we had one too many. I am proud of them and am grateful to be their coach."

Two golfers led the way for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Marika Liu fired a final-round 72—the second lowest round of the day—to close at +7, in outright third place. She was just five strokes behind the tournament medalist, Kelly Shon of Princeton. 

Not far behind Liu was junior Seo Hee Moon, who finished up at +12 to secure outright fifth place. Sophomore Shreya Ghei was four strokes further back, in ninth place. 

The three members of the Bulldogs to finish in the top 10 earned All-Ivy honors to recognize their stunning performances at the tournament. Liu and Moon earned first-team All-Ivy honors whle Ghei earned second-team All-Ivy honors.

"On the bright side, we still had three players finish in the top 10 and make the All-Ivy team!" Rompothong said. "I am extremely proud of Marika for finishing third in her first Ivy League Championship appearance. She was solid all week and played great golf all year. She definitely deserved a strong finish."

"Seo Hee and Shreya also played well as always and I am extremely proud of their performance this weekend and the entire year," Rompothong said.

The conclusion of the Ivy League Championship marks the end of the 2012-13 season for the Bulldogs, a season in which they claimed victories at the Sept. 15-16 Dartmouth Invitational and the Apr. 14-15 Brown Invitational.

"I am also hopeful for next year because we will have all the players returning," Rompothong said. "They will be stronger, hungrier, and wiser!"

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