October 9, 2008

Yale Women's Golf Heads to the Xavier LPGA Invitational

Oct. 9, 2008

DAYTONA, Fla. - The Bulldogs head to Daytona, Fla. this weekend to compete in the Xavier LPGA Invitational. The invitational is in its second year, and it marks the first time the Bulldogs have competed. The tournament is being hosted by the Musketeers from Xavier University. The tournament will be played on the LPGA International Legends Course and will take place over three days with 18 holes being played each day, beginning on Friday, Oct. 10 and finishing on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The Bulldogs will face a number of teams they have never seen before. The tournament will include Barry, Bethune-Cookman, Bowling Green, Charleston Southern, Daytona State College, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Georgetown, Lamar, Mercer, Stetson, Western Michigan and Xavier.

The Bulldogs got a chance to see Western Michigan and Bowling Green this year at the Nittany Lion Invitational. The Bulldogs beat Western Michigan by 14 shots, and Bowling Green by 30 shots. Yale has also competed against Bethune-Cookman, coming in second to them at last year's Rutgers Invitational by nine shots.

The Bulldogs are coming off two weeks of rest, after coming seventh at their own tournament on Sept. 27-28. The Bulldogs faced tough weather conditions, with the tournament shortened by rain to just 18 holes. Sophomore Harriet Owers-Bradley finished in a tie for ninth, just four shots behind the winner.

This week the Bulldogs will send Owers-Bradley, senior captain Natasha Spackey, sophomore Alyssa Roland, sophomore Cassie Boles and freshman Callie Kemmer to compete down in the sunshine state.

The course that the Bulldogs will play is an Arthur Hills design. Hills has designed over 180 courses and is often requested to renovate or modify courses, including some of the country's most renowned golf clubs, in preparation for major USGA and PGA Championships. The LPGA International Legends Course is a par 72 layout of 6,984 yards but will play about 5,827 for the women this weekend. The courses website states that, "Hills used a superb natural setting to create a masterpiece in playability and variety. It features natural wetlands, narrow pine corridors, small greens and strategically placed water hazards. The Legends Course calls for the player to use their mind ahead of their muscles. Good strategic planning will reward the player with good results and an enjoyable round. Each hole is unique and memorable."

The Bulldogs were rained out of their practice round Thursday by thunder and lightning. They were only able to get in ten holes of practice.

"It rains a little bit everyday in Florida," said Spackey. "The forecast does not call for any lightning tomorrow, so we should not have any problems getting in our round."

The Bulldogs will look to make their mark in the south, beginning Friday morning.

Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity

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