Two Bulldogs Enter Playoff for Medalist
Milford, CONN.—It might not have been the first place finish Yale was hoping for, but the Bulldogs can be satisfied with superb individual performances and a strong second place overall finish at the Oct. 20-21 Sacred Heart Fall Classic, held at the Great River Golf Club.
Yale entered the second and final round of the tournament just eight strokes behind the leader Seton Hall. Conditions were tougher on Monday for all the participating teams, resulting in higher scores across the board as compared to the first round of play. "It is tough playing golf in the middle of October," said Yale head coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00. "The course was in good shape, but was also playing very difficult."
Nevertheless, Yale fought hard for a final round score of 322, just two strokes behind Seton Hall's 320. That put Yale's combined total for the tournament at 639, good for second place. Seton Hall secured first place with a two-day score of 629, with Boston University (649) rounding out the top three.
The story for Yale was the continued excellent play of freshmen Sandy Wongwaiwate and Elisabeth Bernabe. The two golfers turned in identical scorecards, each shooting 77 on Sunday and 80 on Monday for a two-day total of 157 (+13). That score tied them with Alison Kruse of Seton Hall for first place among individual golfers. A playoff for individual medalist ensued, and the clutch Wongwaiwate came out on top over both her fellow Bulldog and Kruse. Wongwaiwate previously earned second place at the Sept. 27-29 Nittany Lion Invitational. Bernabe has already won two medals this season.
As has been the case at all of this year's tournaments so far, every member of the team contributed to Yale's strong finish. Senior Seo Hee Moon continued her consistent play, finishing in 10th place after rounds of 80 and 81 (+17). Junior Shreya Ghei posted a solid score of 166 (+22), securing her 16th place overall. Senior Sun Gyoung Park entered the clubhouse just one shot behind with a 23-over 167.
Yale was missing junior and key starter Marika Liu, who could not play due to Bronchities. Coach Rompothong attributed Yale's relatively high scores to the fact that several of Yale's players are fighting sicknesses in this cold month of October. Prior to this event, the highest one-day total for Yale was 292.
Yale did not compete at this event last year, so its second place finish certainly made a mark on this year's tournament. The result continues Yale's trend of finishing in the top two teams at every competition this season.
Yale will not play another official match until the warm spring season, specifically Mar. 16-18, when it travels to Williamsburg, Va. for the William & Mary Invitational—Yale finished sixth at last year's event.
"We are looking forward to the winter and working hard for our next tournament," coach Rompothong said. The time off will allow players to rest and work on their game at Yale's indoor golf facility, The David Paterson Golf Technology Center. They will hope to carry the momentum from their strong start to the season into the spring.
Report Filed by Owen Kaye-Kauderer '16