Women's Golf Opens Season at Nittany Lion Invitational

Sept. 11, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The women's golf team will open their season this Saturday, September 13 at Penn State for the Nittany Lion Invitational. The two-day tournament will feature 36 holes on Saturday and a finishing 18 on Sunday.

The Bulldogs are coming off an encouraging weekend after playing in the Borsodi Championship, an inter-squad tournament at the Yale Golf Course. Sophomore Alyssa Roland took home first place and senior Erica Im took runner-up. According to senior captain Natasha Spackey the outlook is strong.

"Everyone played very well," said Spackey. "The entire team was shooting low. Team morale is very high and we are reading to hit the ground running."

The Bulldogs will have to do just that as the head to Pennsylvania this weekend. The tournament will feature 12 teams:

Ball State, Bowling Green State, Bucknell, William and Mary, Columbia, Eastern Michigan, Longwood, Maryland, Monmouth, Ohio University, Penn State, Princeton, Rutgers and Yale.

Columbia and Princeton are both conference competitors. Columbia won the Ivy League Championship two years ago and finished second to Harvard in 2008. This tournament should give the Bulldogs a good idea how they stack up early in the year.

The Bulldogs did not play the Nittany Lion Invitational in 2007, but they have every other year going back to 2003. In 2006, the Bulldogs took second place on the back of three top-10 finishes from last year's captain, Ellen Brophy, Lindsay Hong and 2006's captain Cindy Shin. Three current players competed for Yale, including junior Taylor Lee and senior Erica Im who finished tied for 24th and 41st, respectively. This year's captain, Natasha Spackey, competed as an individual and finished in 31st place.

Spackey will get another shot at the Invitational as she is joined by Roland, sophomore Cassie Boles, sophomore Harriet Owers-Bradley and freshman Callie Kemmer.

"From what I can remember, the weather conditions in the past have not been optimal," said Spackey. "In past years it was windy and rainy. In general, the rough was the most challenging part of the course and it takes some getting used to."

The course is Penn State's Blue Course, a par-72, 7,172-yard course. Recent renovations added three new ponds and an extra 640 yards to the course.

The tournament will begin on Saturday, September 13 with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity