Park Elected To Captain Bulldogs

Sun Gyoung Park.

Receives Widdy Neale Award For Third Year In A Row

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Junior Sun Gyoung Park has been elected to captain the Yale women's golf team for the 2013-14 season.

"I am honored to have been elected captain for the 2013-2014 season," Park said. "I am going to do my best to lead by example and by success on and off the golf course."

The announcement came Tuesday evening at the golf team's annual end of year banquet at Mory's. There, Park also received the Widdy Neale Award for the third straight year. The Widdy Neale Award goes 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. 

"Sun has been an instrumental team player since she set foot on campus. She is always working hard and looking out for her teammates," said head coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00. "It does not surprise me at all that she has gotten this award three years in a row. That says a lot because there are so many more teammates that are just as worthy of the honor." 

Park, a political science major from Vail, Ariz., put up several stunning performances throughout the course of the season. She shared the individual title at the Brown Invitational and finished in a tie for third at the Dartmouth Invitational. 

Her scores were instrumental in the Bulldogs' overall team victories at both the Brown and Dartmouth Invitationals.

"I am truly so thankful to be receiving the Widdy Neale Award three times in a row," Park said. "I will not let this team down and will uphold the trust and the confidence my teammates have for me to lead this team. I will be dedicated to the team and work hard to achieve even greater successes next year."

Her performances throughout the 2012-13 season added to an extensive history of strong results. Last season, she earned first team All-Ivy honors after finishing third at the Ivy League Championships. For her on and off the course contributions to the team that season, Park shared the Widdy Neale Award with sophomore Caroline Rouse

Off the course, Park is a member of Ezra Stiles College and will be a Freshmen Counselor next year. She is involved with the Yale Athletics Department's Kiphuth Leadership Academy, which helps student-athletes to develop leadership skills. In addition, she volunteers at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, VITA, which provides tax preparation services to low-income individuals in the New Haven area for free. 

During her freshman year, Park tied for third at the Harvard Invitational and tied for fourth at the Hoya Invitational. That year she shared the Widdy Neale Award with senior captain Alexandra Lipa, whom Park will succeed in leading the Bulldogs.

"I have had the privilege to be on the team with great leaders and teammates for the past three years. Starting with Alyssa Roland, Lily Boettcher, and Alex Lipa, who captained the team respectively from 2010 until now, I learned different aspects of leadership skills," Park said. "I will do my best to follow their examples and offer positive attitude, diligent work ethic, and loyalty to the team." 

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