Yale Looks to Defend Dartmouth Invitational Title

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(Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity Office)

Bulldogs Ready for Season Opener

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — When the Yale women's golf team kicks off its fall campaign at the Sept. 14-15 Dartmouth Invitational, it will look to repeat its stunning 15-stroke victory at last year's tournament.

Held at the Hanover Country Club in Hanover, N.H., the Dartmouth Invitational will provide a familiar venue for the Bulldogs to begin building momentum for the season ahead. Last year they shot rounds of 303 and 295 overall, to put them 15 strokes ahead of second-place Boston University and 21 strokes ahead of the next placed Ivy League team, Brown. 

"I am really looking forward to this weekend and hope that we are able to defend our title," said head coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00. "The team looks stronger than ever and they have all been working hard."

Yale boasts a strong and deep roster as it enters the 2013-14 season, led by senior captain Sun Gyoung Park, who tied for third at the Dartmouth Invitational last year. Alongside Park is another experienced senior, Seo Hee Moon, a former Ivy League Player of the Year. 

The Bulldogs' junior contingent will also look to repeat past strong performances. Shreya Ghei claimed the individual medal at the Dartmouth Invitational last year with a skillful -1 round, while fellow juniors Marika Liu and Caroline Rouse finished in a tie for sixth.

With a year of training, sophomores Michelle Fogarty and Deanna Song are also well positioned to make a positive impact on the team throughout the course of the season. 

This year's freshmen, meanwhile, bring a deep pool of talent and experience as they enter collegiate competition: Elisabeth Bernabe, Sara Garmezy, Sandy Wongwaiwate and Julia Yao have all recorded strong high school careers with significant tournament exposure.

After the Dartmouth Invitational, the Bulldogs will return home to New Haven, Conn., for the Sept. 20-22 Yale Intercollegiate at the Yale Golf Course. The team will then travel to the Sept. 27-29 Nittany Lion Invitational at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa. Fall competition wraps up with the Oct. 27-28 Lehigh Invitational at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.

"Dartmouth's Hanover Country Club is like a mini Yale course and it will be a great warm-up for our home invite next weekend," Rompothong said.

At the Dartmouth Invitational, golfers will tee off at 11 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

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