Sept. 24, 2006
University Park, PA - The Yale women's golf team rebounded from a poor start at the Penn State Invitational to finish the event tied for second place out of 14 teams. At the event's conclusion, Yale names crowded the top of the leaderboard, as three Bulldog golfers finished in the top six.
At the end of the first round, which was played on Friday, Yale sat in sixth place overall, 16 strokes behind then-leaders Rollins College. The Nittany Lions, who hosted the event, would be the eventual champions with a three-round total of 927.
Yale's comeback began on Saturday during the second round of play when the Elis shot the round's lowest score of 307. At the end of the day, Yale was in fourth place.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs again shot the lowest round, this time scoring an outstanding 301, propelled by Lindsay Hong's one-under 71 and Ellie Brophy's two-over 74. Captain Cindy Shin, who hovered consistently in the top ten throughout the tournament, shot a 79 on the final day and finished tied for sixth place. Hong shot 229, Brophy 232, and Shin 234.
Brophy, who finished right behind Hong in third place, had a spectacular tournament and was the birdie leader with nine birdies over the three-day event.
Natasha Spackey, who competed as an individual, shot 244 and finished in 31st place.
Yale's strong performance this weekend is reassuring for a talented team that struggled last week at the Dartmouth Invitational, especially against such a strong field.
"I'm really pleased with the way our team played this weekend. We played competitively with great teams from the Big Ten and Pac-10 conferences," said Brophy.
It also shows that the Elis have the endurance and potential to repeat as Ivy League Champions.
"We were all really happy with our performance this weekend," said Hong.
The Bulldogs return to action on September 30 when they host the Yale Intercollegiate at the Yale Golf Course.
Report filed by Alex Kleiner '08, Yale Sports Publicity