The women’s golf program continued its dominance of the Ivy League Championship this weekend, winning by 10-strokes. Yale has won five of the seven championships — including the last two — since its inception in 1997.
The two times Yale lost, the Bulldogs finished second to Princeton. But this year, Princeton found itself in second place for the fifth time.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Elis took first place at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. With solid play over three rounds, Yale won with a hefty 10-stroke lead.
Yale shot a total of 948 strokes to win the Ivy League Championship for the second consecutive year. Princeton finished in second place with 958 strokes, followed by Brown, Harvard, Pennsylvania and Dartmouth.
Aver Kiser, a sophomore at Princeton, won the Ivy League individual title for the second year with a score of 226. Last year, Kiser had a 10 stroke lead over the second place finisher. But January Romero ’06 managed to cut the lead to only three strokes this year by shooting 229.
The Bulldogs swept the second, third, and fourth positions individually. Jeehaee Lee ’06 shot 235, Stephanie Wei ’05 shot 236, Jordanna Davis ’03 tied for No. 12 overall with 249, and Lauren Ressler ’06 finished No. 25 with 266.
Yale was ahead of Princeton by six strokes after the first round Saturday despite heavy rain storms.
“We all knew that it was going to be awful weather on Saturday, but we went into the round with a good mindset and attitude,” Wei said.
Individually, Princeton’s Meg Nakamura led after the first round. Wei, Lee, and Romero were second, fourth and seventh, respectively.
Strong play Sunday allowed the Bulldogs to catch and sweep the top positions. Kiser also managed to pick up her play after finishing sixth after the first round.
Coaching from Mary Moan, a former Princeton champion in 1997, helped the women stay focused and finish on top again.
“We talked a lot about how they have put a year’s worth of preparation into the championship and how that was going to pay off,” Moan said. “What I saw out there this weekend was five women who trusted in that preparation and who refused to be discouraged by one bad shot, one bad hole or one bad round.”
This weekend’s win was sweet revenge over the Tigers. At the Bonnie Hoover Invitational, Princeton squeezed past Yale by three strokes.
After a win in the Ivy League, the Bulldogs head to the NCAA Regional tournament May 7 to 10.
“Regionals is icing on our Ivy cake,” Davis said. “The competition is fierce, and we’re playing against a lot of girls who probably want to play professionally. It’s a wonderful experience for us as a team and as golfers, but we don’t go in with any expectations.”