March 31, 2008
BEALLSVILLE, Md. - The Bulldogs came out firing Monday morning to take the lead from a strong field of 14. Yale placed four players in the top 20, lead by freshman Harriet Owers-Bradley with a two-round score of 150. Her second round score of 70 stands as the tournament's low score thus far.
Although Yale placed second in this tournament last year, history will not be much of a factor this year, because the tournament has undergone numerous changes. This year it is being played on the Course at Four Streams, a challenging course designed by Nick Price. The biggest change, however, is to the format. Instead of playing 18 holes each day, the Bulldogs were faced with two 18-hole rounds on day one.
"Basically, the team that can putt and chip the best will win this 54 hole event," said Coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00 before the tournament. "The team has been playing well and I think we have a great chance to win this event."
Coach Rompothong's prediction has held true so far. Along with Owers-Bradley, Senior Lindsay Hong (155), Junior Natasha Spackey (155), and Senior captain Ellen Brophy (156) all scored in the top 20. Sophomore Taylor Lee shot a 159, missing the top 20 by just two strokes. Freshman Alyssa Roland, competing for Yale as an individual, shot a score of 172.
Yale is followed closely behind by Rollins University (615), defending champion Princeton (617), Nova Southeastern University (625), and host school Georgetown (625). Other Ivy League competitors are Columbia in sixth place with a score of 629 and Penn in tenth with a score of 670.
The tournament will conclude Tuesday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity>