March 9, 2009
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Bulldogs currently sit in fifth-place after 36 holes of golf at the JMU Eagle Landing Invite. The Bulldogs shot a two-round score of 605, putting them 22 shots behind the leader, Chattanooga (583). Kennesaw State University currently sits in second at 589 strokes, followed closely by South Florida and East Carolina at 592.
Yale is up against some tough competition, facing schools ranked in the top-100 in the country. According to Golfstat East Carolina, Chattanooga, and South Florida are ranked 49th, 52nd and 79th. Yale currently ranks 102nd in that same poll. Chattanooga located in Tennessee, Kennesaw located in Atlanta, South Florida located in Florida and East Carolina located in North Carolina are all schools which can play golf year-round due to warmer weather. The Bulldogs have not played a competitive round in five months, thanks to the frigid climate of the northeast.
The Bulldogs only round of par came from junior Taylor Lee who shot 72 (E) in her second round of the day. Lee opened the day with a round of 76 (+4), for a total of 148 (+4) and a share of ninth place, individually. She led the team in both rounds, shooting the team-low twice. Lee was joined in the top-20 by teammate sophomore Cassie Boles. Boles shot a two-round score of 151 (+7), putting her in a tie for 16th. Her score of 76 (+4) tied for the team best in the first round, and her score of 75 (+3) was the second best in the second round. Senior captain Natasha Spackey was just outside the top-20 in 21st place. Spackey shot two rounds of 76 (+4), for a two-round total of 152 (+8). Sophomores Harriet Owers-Bradley and Alyssa Roland are currently in a tie for 34th with scores of 154 (+10). They both shot rounds of 78 (+6) in the first round and 76 (+4) in the second round.
Yale also entered three individuals in the tournament. Freshman Callie Kemmer, senior Erica Im and freshman Lily Boettcher all competed as individuals for Yale. Kemmer led the individuals in 62nd place, with a score of 162 (+18). She shot a good first round of 77 (+5), but struggled in the afternoon posting a round of 85 (+13). Im and Boettcher finished right behind one another in 75- and 76-place, respectively. Im shot consecutive rounds of 84 (+12) for a total of 168 (+24). Boettcher was right behind her with a two-round total of 169 (+25). She shot rounds of 85 (+13) and 84 (+12).
The Bulldogs will have one more round to try and make up some of the ground separating them from the teams tied for third-place. To do so, they will need to make up 13 shots. The Bulldogs will tee-off between 8:30 a.m. and 10:36 a.m. with the tournament-leaders beginning at 10 a.m.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity