The women’s golf team is on a roll.
After winning four of their five tournaments in the fall, the Elis haven’t missed a beat this season, going 2–0 so far in spring play. Fresh off a commanding victory over a field of 22 teams at the William and Mary Spring Invitational on March 20, they look to continue their streak at the Georgetown Hoya Invitational next Monday and Tuesday.
At William and Mary, the Elis shot ten strokes lower than the next closest team, St. John’s, and were led individually by Seo Hee Moon ’14, who shot a 66 on the first day — six strokes under par. This year, Moon has taken first place at every tournament but one — the Nittany Lion Invitational in October.
That tournament was also the only time the Bulldogs have not taken first, placing sixth out of 17 schools. Moon subsequently led Yale to a comeback win at the Harvard Invitational, when she shot her then-personal record of 66, which included a hole-in-one.
Since then, they have continued their win streak, beating Longwood University during spring break, and then winning the Spring Invitational.
Her fellow classmate, Sun Park ’14, has said that the rest of the team is learning from Moon’s composure on the course.
“She’s a very positive person … I really am grateful to have her as a teammate and a friend,” Park said.
If not for an MCL sprain in her knee which kept her from early fall competition, Park could have been in nearly as good a position as Moon — she has placed second to her friend on two occasions, and hit consistently low scores.
Aside from the formidable freshmen, there is a bevy of returning talent for the Bulldogs, including captain Alyssa Roland ’11 — Roland was last year’s Ivy League Champion — Harriet Owers-Bradley ’11, Lily Boettcher ’12, and Joy Kim ’13, who shot the team’s second hole-in-one of the season at the Spring Invitational two Sundays ago. They will be traveling to Georgetown for next Monday and Tuesday’s Invitational.
“You must be playing your best golf to compete in the top five because there are others who are prepared to do so in your place,” Boettcher said.
So far, the team has won five of its six tournaments this year, tying the Yale record for most wins in a season. With two more tournaments before the Ivy League Championship, the team is in position to set a new record of its own.
Roland said the team as a whole is shooting more consistently and posting much lower scores; she called the group the most talented that Yale has ever seen, “by far.”
The team is currently ranked first in the Ivy League, and Roland said that while their primary goal is to win Ivies, this is the first year where they have a legitimate shot of receiving an outright bid to the NCAA Regionals. From there, she believes they have the talent to make it to Nationals.
“Looking ahead, we are looking to not only win the Ivy title but to make an impressive appearance at NCAA’s and prove that we are one of the top teams in the country,” Roland said.
The team will tee-off next Monday against fellow Ivies Columbia, Penn and Princeton, amongst a field of other very competitive teams.