March 21, 2009
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Yale women's golf team met with much calmer conditions on Saturday at the Winthrop Intercollegiate, allowing them to make up ground on tournament leaders Winthrop and No. 65 Oral Roberts. The Bulldogs came into the day ten shots behind the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts and six shots behind Eagles of Winthrop, but after shooting the tournament low-round in round two, Yale (630) is just five shots behind Winthrop (625) and three shots behind Oral Roberts (627). The Bulldogs are still locked in a third-place tie with No. 79 Minnesota (630).
"Today's conditions were much more conducive to low-scoring golf," said sophomore Alyssa Roland. "The wind died down, and it was not nearly as wet. We got much better lies in the fairways and despite the tricky greens, we putted better."
The Bulldogs were once again led by Roland, who improved her score from Friday by four strokes. In fact, four of the five Bulldogs improved their scores by at least three strokes, placing all four in the top-15, individually. Roland moved into fifth place, within striking distance of the individual tournament trophy. Her round of 75 (+3) was the second lowest round of the day and her two-round score of 154 (+10) is only four shots off the leader Brittany Dabule of Winthrop.
"With the way I am hitting the ball, I should be under-par," said Roland. "I had another very up and down day on the greens. On the par-three 17th, I stuck the ball two feet from the hole and sank a great putt for a birdie. But for every good putt, I had a bad putt. From 100-yards out on another hole, I stuck the ball within two-feet and hit my worst putt of the tournament. If I had just hit a few more putts, I would be leading this tournament right now."
Roland's improvements were accompanied by improvements almost across the board. Sophomore Cassie Boles currently sits in a tie for ninth, after shooting a round of 78 (+6). She is joined in ninth-place by sophomore teammate Harriet Owers-Bradley. Owers-Bradley also shot a second round of 78 (+6), for a two-day score of 159 (+15). Junior Taylor Lee posted the biggest improvement of any of the Bulldogs. After shooting an 84 (+12) on Friday, she bounced back Saturday to shoot a 77 (+5) which was the Bulldogs second best score of the tournament. She currently sits in a tie for twelfth, with her tournament score of 161 (+17). Senior captain Natasha Spackey struggled on Saturday, shooting a round of 84 (+12). She currently sits in a tie for 24th with a two-round score of 165 (+21).
"We were definitely helped by the better conditions," said Lee. "The lack of wind and the warm weather definitely helped. We were able to play in shorts and t-shirts."
The Bulldogs individuals also had productive days. Freshman Callie Kemmer had the most impressive day of the individuals, dropping six shots off her score from Friday. She shot a round of 79 (+7) on Saturday, moving her into a tie for 20th. Her two-round score is 164 (+20). Yale's two other individuals are senior Erica Im and freshman Lily Boettcher. Im currently is in a tie for 31st, while Boettcher sits alone 51st. Im shot a round of 84 (+12) on Saturday, bringing her two-day total up to 167 (+23). Lily improved her score by a stroke, dropping it to 87 (+15) and bringing her total score up to 175 (+31).
"We get to play in the top group again tomorrow," said Roland. "I think we tend to play better when we play with better players. We should have a great shot to win this tournament tomorrow."
The Bulldogs will tee-off in the final pairings from the first tee, beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity