April 23, 2006
Vernon, N.J. - The Yale women's golf team won the Ivy League Championship on Sunday, shooting 488 to beat rival Harvard by five strokes at the Great Gorge Golf Course in Vernon, N.J. Cindy Shin, who was the tournament's defending champion, finished as this year's runner-up.
Poor playing conditions caused the cancellation of play Sunday morning. The winner was determined by the 27 holes that were played on Saturday, making the Bulldogs the Ivy League Champion for 2006.
Senior captain January Romero was more than thrilled about the win.
"For me it was amazing and the best feeling to go out on top," she said. "My freshman year we took the crown, and now again my senior year. It has been a good journey but this year was by far the best year I have had with the Yale women's golf team."
All five golfers that competed for Yale finished in the top 20. Shin shot 118. Romero shot 121 and finished tied for third place. Ellie Brophy (123, T8), Lindsay Hong (127, 15), and Jeehae Lee (132, T20) rounded out Yale's team.
Coach Chawwadee Rompothong expressed nothing but praise for her players.
"We put in a lot of practice time and they each worked hard," she said. "They held a positive attitude throughout the entire weekend. They did not let the bad weather distract them from their goal and I am extremely proud of them for that."
Romero attributed much of the team's success to its coach.
"Coach Rompothong was heaven-sent for the Yale women's golf team," Romero said. "We couldn't have won this championship without her. She knows golf, knows the swing, and is very inspirational and so loved by the team. I don't think there is a coach out there who could do a better job."
Report filed by Alex Kleiner '08, Yale Sports Publicity