April 18, 2009
SUFFERN, N.Y. - The Yale women's golf team shot the second lowest team round of the day on Saturday to finish out the ROAR-EE Invitational strongly. Yale (310) was bested only by Harvard (309). The Bulldogs finished the tournament in a tie for third with host school Columbia as Princeton went on to win the tournament followed by Harvard in second.
"We were coming off a day where we didn't shoot as well as we hoped," said senior captain Natasha Spackey. "It was a day for us to get better and a day to try and shoot low. I think we accomplished that and we did it in tougher conditions. The wind was pretty violent, swirling in different directions. We adjusted well."
Almost all the Bulldogs played better on the second day, some dropping their scores by as many as six strokes. Sophomore Harriet Owers-Bradley and Spackey both shot rounds of 75 (+3), which were two of the best rounds of the tournament. There was only one round under-par the entire tournament and only one other below 75.
"It was a relatively short course, but it was tight," said Spackey. "The fairways were tight and the greens were very undulating. It was not easy to make putts and that was the difference between shooting par and over-par. There were just a lot of places for trouble."
Owers-Bradley led the Bulldogs, finishing in a tie for seventh. She dropped five shots off her score from Friday to shoot a total of 155 (+11). Spackey followed closely behind her after dropping six shots off of her Friday score. She shot rounds of 81 (+9) and 75 (+3) for a total of 156 (+12). Sophomore Cassie Boles, who led the Bulldogs on Friday, stumbled a bit on Saturday, but still finished in a tie for 17th. She shot a final round of 81 (+9) for a total of 159 (+15). Sophomore Alyssa Roland was another one who had a huge turnaround from Friday, dropping six shots of her score. She shot 79 (+7) on Saturday and finished in a tie for 32nd with a total of 164 (+20). Junior Taylor Lee rounded out Yale's team in a tie for 36th. She shot rounds of 84 (+12) and 80 (+8) to finish with a total of 166 (+22).
Freshman Callie Kemmer also competed at the tournament as an individual. She finished in that tie with Boles for 17th after shooting rounds of 79 (+7) and 80 (+8). Kemmer's total for the tournament was 159 (+15).
The Bulldogs will now have a week to prepare before they head to New Jersey to play in the Ivy League Championships.
"We have a good solid week to work on things and everyone is in good spirits," said Spackey. "At this point, it is just tightening everything up and making slight modifications. Everyone's games are very solid."
The championships will begin on April 24 and take place over three days.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity