The women’s golf team made the most of the home-court advantage this weekend by taking first place at the Yale Women’s Intercollegiate.
While Penn briefly led by two strokes following the first round of play, Yale managed to take the lead after the second round Saturday and didn’t relinquish it Sunday. Yale finished with a cumulative score of 886 (+22), finishing 13 shots ahead of the Quakers, which took second place, followed by Boston College in third. Longwood University and Fairleigh Dickinson rounded out the top five.
The only other Ivies to compete were Brown and Dartmouth, which took eighth and ninth place, respectively. A total of 14 schools competed in the tournament.
Seo Hee Moon ’14 proved that her first-place finish last weekend at the Princeton Invitational was not an aberration. Moon once again came in first overall, posting a cumulative 210, six under par. Moon, who was in second place heading into Sunday’s final round, managed to take the lead with a third round score of 67. Her 67 is a course record for a woman’s single round.
“Shooting the 67 was really exciting,” Moon said. “The lowest score I ever shot was a 67 during the high school state championship my freshman year. Setting the course record was huge to me. I didn’t actually know 67 was the course record here.”
Captain Alyssa Roland ’11 and Harriet Owers-Bradley ’11 tied for seventh place with cumulative scores of 223 (+7). Alexandra Lipa ’13 tied for 26th with a cumulative 232 (+16) and Cassie Boles ’11 shot a 234 (+18) to tie for 33rd place.
Head coach Chawwadee Rompothong ’00 said the Yale II team also played extremely well, although the group didn’t officially figure in the final standings. Callie Kemmer ’12 tied with Bradley and Roland for seventh place, while Joy Kim ’13 and Lily Boettcher ’12 tied for 19th place.
She added she would take the weekend’s results into consideration when picking a line-up when the Bulldogs travel to Penn State for the Nittany Lion Invitational this weekend, and that Kemmer, who won the tournament two years ago, would certainly make the cut.
“We have a really strong team with a lot of depth,” Owers-Bradley said. “Picking the top five is a nightmare. There is no way of knowing who will shoot the best on any given course.”
The team attributed a number of reasons for its early success.
Owers-Bradley said that the team was able to perform under pressure on its home turf by pretending the tournament was just another round of qualifying. She said in the past the team would have difficulties because it knew it was capable of doing well on the course, but it couldn’t perform on the right day.
“The freshman [Moon] kicking our butts is kind of a wake-up call,” she added. “I’m so happy for Seo Hee. It’s amazing what she’s just done.”
Rompothong and Roland said competition within the team and multiple returning seniors who want to finish strong have elevated everyone’s overall play this season.
Roland said the team would continue its practice routine this week to prepare for Penn State next weekend, as what it has been doing is clearly working.
“I’m really impressed with the great start to the season,” Roland said. “We will keep doing what we’re doing and focus on what needs to be improved.”