NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Last Friday evening proved to be the night of the juniors for the Yale women's golf team. Rising senior Jennifer Peng was selected as the team captain for the 2017-2018 season. Also announced that night, fellow junior Jayshree Sarathy earned the Yale women's golf team's Widdy Neale Award. The Widdy Neale Award goes to the player who does the most to boost the morale of the team and who goes the extra step both on and off the course.
Since her debut as a freshman, Peng has been an asset to the team on and off the course. Her dedication and passion for the sport has made her a remarkable player as well as an admirable teammate. She has really grown as a player over her past three years on the team. During her freshman year, Peng was named the Ivy League Championship Rookie of the Year. The following year, she continued to give incredible performances from week to week and went on to win the Ivy League Championship title. This past season with the team has been one of the most successful for the young athlete. Peng scored within the top 15 at seven indivudual tournaments. She closed out her season by earning the title of Ivy League Player of the Year.
Not only does Peng work hard individually, but she also looks out for her teammates. As current senior and captain Sandy Wongwaiwate passes on the torch, she leaves the team in more than capable hands.
Peng's fellow junior and teammate Jayshree Sarathy has also made quite an impression on the team since her arrival in the fall of 2014. The Palo Alto, Calif. native has brought a compassionate and warm spirit to the team. She was an integral part of the team, with standout performances throughout the season. At the first tournament of the year, Sarathy impressed with a 77 and 76 in her first two rounds. During the Lady Thunderbird Invitational, Sarathy helped her team by scoring in the low 70s during her two rounds.
Not only is Sarathy an asset on the field, but she is also helping boost the morale of her teams on the sidelines and during practice. She brings a calming presence and charismatic personality have earned her the title of the Widdy Neale Award recipient.
Report filed by Amairani Santoyo '19, Yale Sports Publicity