Yale Places Fourth at Ivy League Championship

April 20, 2008

Ivy League Championship 2008 

NORTHFIELD, N.J. - The Bulldogs were able to take back one spot on Sunday to finish in fourth place at the Ivy League Championship. Yale (928) tied for the best team round of the day (+16), but it was not enough to overcome the large gap Harvard (890) created on Saturday. Defending Ivy Champs Columbia finished ten shots behind the Crimson with a score of 900. Princeton (901) rounded out the top three. Yale started the day in fifth place but Penn struggled, shooting +33 to finish the tournament at 936, which allowed Yale to move up a spot.

On a day of gusty winds, the Bulldogs played their best collective golf of the weekend. Senior Ellen Brophy (232) rebounded from her +10 second round to shoot just +3 and finish the tournament in a tie for 12th. Among those players tied at 232 was her teammate, senior Lindsay Hong. Hong shot a third round of 76 to help her improve her position from 17th to 12th. Freshman Harriet Owers-Bradley took 18th place with a cumulative score of 236. Right behind Owers-Bradley were sophomore Taylor Lee and junior Natasha Spackey. Lee shot Yale's best round of the tournament on Sunday, a one-over par 73. She finished in 20th with a score of 238. Spackey (239) shot a final round of 80 to finish tied for 21st.

Harvard proved once again that there are women's golf programs other than Princeton and Yale in the Ivy League. After Columbia became the first team other than the Tigers and Bulldogs to win an Ivy Championship last year, Harvard became the second. Harvard was led by Emily Balmert (218), Claire Sheldon (223) and Jessica Hazlett (225), who finished in second, third and fifth, respectively. Hazlett provided one of the tournament highlights Saturday morning, when she sunk her tee-shot on the par-3 17th hole for a hole-in-one.

The individual trophy went to Princeton's Susannah Aboff (207), who led the tournament from the very first round after shooting an Ivy record 65 on Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs' hopes for a shot at the NCAA tournament now lie in an at-large bid.

Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity