April 16, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After taking 25 days off, the Yale women's golf team will return to competition this week at the ROAR-EE Invitational in New York. The tournament, which is hosted by Columbia, is a two-day affair and the Bulldogs' last shot to get ready before the Ivy League Championships.
"This will be a great tune-up for Ivies," said Coach Chawwadee Rompothong '00. "We have not competed since our win at Winthrop during spring break, so this will be good for us to get us in gear for Ivies."
The tournament will feature six of the eight Ivy League teams as well as four other schools. The Ivy League schools will be the Bulldogs, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Princeton. Boston, Hofstra, Lehigh and Long Island will also be competing. Harvard and Columbia have won the last two Ivy League Championships, while Princeton and Yale dominated the years previously.
The tournament will be played at the Spook Rock Golf Club in New York. The course features fairways that are narrow and lined with trees. The entire course is heavily wooded with maple and pine. There is water on five holes and the tees are elevated. Golf Digest ranks it in the First 25 of America's Best Public Courses.
The last time the Bulldogs hit the course, they won the Winthrop Intercollegiate in extra holes. Dubbed by the players as one of the most exciting moments of their golf careers, Yale defeated the host school Winthrop in a one-hole playoff. Sophomore Harriet Owers-Bradley led the Bulldogs with a third-place finish. She shot the lowest round of the tournament 73 (+1) on Sunday to help the Bulldogs win. The Bulldogs are hoping to use that momentum to pick up their second win of the spring.
"Overall, the team looks great and they have been working really hard," said Rompothong. "If we just play our games and get our putters going, we will win."
The tournament will take place over two days, beginning with 36 holes on Friday, April 17.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity