Yale Runner-Up at Pirate Invitational

Two Top-Five Golfers

BEDMINSTER, N.J.—Yale finished in second place overall at the inaugural Pirate Invitational, held at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. Yale was bolstered by exceptional performances from individual members of the team.

After day one of play, Yale sat in fourth place. But behind top-five finishes from freshman Sandy Wongwaiwate and senior Seo Hee Moon, Yale climbed into second place to take home the runner-up trophy. It was somewhat of a heartbreaker for the Bulldogs (632), who finished just one stroke behind Ivy League rival Columbia (631). Nevertheless, the Bulldogs can be satisfied with their third runner-up finish this season. They have yet to finish outside of the top three at any tournament this year.

Wongwaiwate and Moon led the way with strong, consistent two-round performances. Wongwaiwate delivered rounds of 76 and 77, while Moon shot 79 on Saturday and an impressive 74 on Sunday.  They tied for third place with total scores of 153, each just five strokes back from the tournament medalist, Michelle Piyapttra of Columbia (148). Junior Marika Liu of Yale moved up to 17th place from 29th with a round of 77 on Sunday.  Freshman Elisabeth Bernabe also golfed well on Sunday, putting up a score of 78.

Next on the slate for the Bulldogs is the Apr. 25-27 Ivy League Championship, which is being played in Springfield, N.J. The Ivy League event will be the last scheduled event for the women's team, although individual members, as well as the full team, might qualify for the NCAA Championships.  With the strong play of this team so far this season, it would not be surprising if one or more members qualified for postseason play. The Bulldogs will have some time off to prepare for the important event.

 

Report filed by Owen Kaye-Kauderer '16, Sports Publicity

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