October 28, 2008

Bulldogs Finish Fifth at Ross Resorts Invitational

Oct. 28, 2008

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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. - The Yale women's golf team closed out its fall season with a fifth place finish at the Ross Resorts Invitational. After being only two shots behind, the Bulldogs faltered in the third round. Yale shot a round of 328, for a tournament total of 948 (+84). Nova Southeastern went on to win the tournament, with a score of 929 (+65), after leading every round. Illinois State University, who shot a tournament total of 937 (+73), finished eight shots behind the Sharks. Rounding out the top three was host school Rollins, who came in eight shots behind the Redbirds at 945 (+81).

The problem was not the other teams, but the Bulldogs own play. In two of the three rounds, they counted scores over 80. Yale managed to hang out around though, even while underperforming. They were only two shots back heading into the final day. But the other teams stayed consistent on Tuesday, as the Bulldogs struggled to muster decent scores on a tough Pine Needles Course.

"We were all pretty surprised by the scores in the end," said senior captain Natasha Spackey. "It was definitely disappointing, but when you count three scores in the 80s, you are not going to have a chance of winning."

Sophomore Cassie Boles was leading after two rounds, but after shooting a score of 82 (+10), finished in fourth. Boles finished with a tournament score of 230 (+14). She was five shots behind the winner, Stacey Miller of Illinois State. Miller came into the day in third place, but after shooting 74 (+2) leapt over Emilie Guery of Augusta State as well as Boles. Joanna Coe of Rollins shot 73 (+1), the low round of the day, and finished in second place.

Spackey shot the most consistently of any Yale player this week, with scores of 79 (+7), 77 (+5) and 79 (+7). Spackey came into the day in a tie for 11th and managed to hold onto the spot, finishing with a tournament score of 235 (+19).

Sophomore Harriet Owers-Bradley came into the day in a tie with Spackey, but after shooting an 85 (+13), was dropped back into a tie for 22nd. Owers-Bradley finished with a tournament score of 241 (+25).

Freshman Callie Kemmer and sophomore Alyssa Roland rounded out Yale's team with scores of 82 (+10) and 85 (+13), respectively. Kemmer finished in a tie for 33rd, with a tournament score of 247 (+31), while Roland finished in a tie for 35th, with a score of 249 (+33).

"It is a very difficult course," said Spackey. "They made rolled the greens pretty quick, the wind picked up, and there were some really tough pin locations. It led us to make a fair amount of mistakes."

Yale's individuals struggled with the rest of the team. Junior Taylor Lee and freshman Lily Boettcher finished tied for 27th, each with a tournament score of 246 (+30). They shot final rounds of 84 (+12) and 83 (+11), respectively. Senior Erica Im finished in a tie for 40th with a score of 251 (+35). She shot a round of 88 (+16) on the final day.

"We now know we have a lot to work on," said Spackey. "I think we are all excited for the offseason and next spring, but we know we have to put in a lot of work on our games, especially the mental aspect. We need to work on avoiding the pressure of being in the lead or right behind the lead, going into the last day."

The Bulldogs will now head into the off-season and will return to action on Mar. 9 at the Eagle Landing Invite.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity