May 1, 2006
Indianapolis, IN - The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee announced today the teams and individuals selected to participate in the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships Regionals. Yale was selected to participate in the East regional.
Yale earned an automatic bid into the East regional with its Ivy League Championship on April 23. The Bulldogs were the only Ivy team to qualify.
The East regional will be played May 11-13 at the Bryan Park Golf Course, Bryan Park, North Carolina, and will be hosted by Wake Forest University. Three regional tournaments will be conducted May 11-13 to determine the championships field. A total of 324 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region.
"I am very excited and hopeful," said Coach Chawwadee Rompothong. "Bryan Park Golf Course is a challenging course, but it is mainly a placement/thinker's course. I hope to be able to 'out think' the rest of the teams in strategy and squeak into the top eight."
The East regional field is composed of 21 teams. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parentheses.
1. Arizona State 2. Auburn (Southeastern Conference) 3. Tennessee 4. Wake Forest 5. California 6. Vanderbilt 7. Virginia 8. South Carolina 9. LSU 10. Florida State 11. Alabama 12. North Carolina State 13. Augusta State 14. Maryland 15. Furman 16. North Carolina 17. Mississippi State 18. Campbell (Atlantic Sun Conference) 19. College of Charleston (Southern Conference) 20. East Carolina (Conference USA) 21. Yale (Ivy League)
Coming off a title win at the Ivy League Championships, the Bulldogs possess the necessary momentum to make a push for nationals. Coach Rompothong feels her team can make a run: "I believe the girls are talented enough to play against this field. If everyone peaks at the same time, we have a chance to make it to nationals. We are the underdogs and we have nothing to lose, so we are just going to have fun and play smart."
Yale will send the same five golfers that competed in the Ivy League Championships to the Bryan Park Golf Course: Cindy Shin, January Romero, Ellie Brophy, Jeehae Lee, and Lindsay Hong. All five players have had excellent seasons.
Junior Cindy Shin has picked up her play as of late, finishing second at the Ivy League Championships. At a recent team banquet, Shin was also named next year's team captain.
Current captain and senior January Romero has also played at a consistently high level this year. In the fall, Romero tied for second place at the Princeton Invitational. This spring she tied for second at the Lady Hoya Invitational on April 2 and finished in third place most recently at Ivies.
Sophomore Ellie Brophy tied for second place at the Yale Intercollegiate in the fall. More recently, she tied for sixth place at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitation and finished tied for eighth place at Ivies.
Fellow Sophomore Lindsay Hong has placed in the top 20 at five tournaments this year. She adds depth to the strong Bulldog squad. Her best performance came at the Yale Intercollegiate where she finished sixth.
Jeehae Lee, a senior, did not play during the fall, but has been a valuable asset to the team this spring. Lee placed sixth at the Lady Hoya Invitational.
As a team, the Bulldogs have finished in the top three at five different tournaments this year.
The NCAA championships finals will be held May 23-26 at the Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio, and will be hosted by Ohio State University.
Report filed by Alex Kleiner '08, Yale Sports Publicity