After outstanding performances at the Towson Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, culminating in a first-place finish, the women’s golf team has proven it has what it takes to be successful .
The Towson Tournament took place at the Harbourtowne Resort golf course in St. Michaels, Md. The demanding nature of the 18-hole, par 70 course proved no match for the Elis, who avoided the bunkers, roughs, bodies of water and woods with a professional tenacity.
The Bulldogs faced nine teams in the tournament, including Dartmouth and Longwood, the defending champions. Longwood finished second in the tournament with a two-day combined score of 614. Dartmouth finished in eighth place with a two-day combined score of 687.
Yale shot a two-day combined score of 590 to take first place. Yet today’s 292 round proved to be of exceptional importance for the Elis.
“We wanted to beat our record of 296, which we did with our 292 today,” head coach Chawwadee Rompothong ’00 said. “Our goal was to be under par in the tournament, and we were.”
Newcomer Alexandra Lipa ’13 was the key golfer in the tournament. After shooting an impressive 69 (-1) on Monday, Lipa maintained her first-place standing on Tuesday by shooting a 70 (-0). Her outstanding play projected the Bulldogs to their first-place 590 finish.
“It was an exciting experience as a freshman to be a part of such an amazing team. We all have such great chemistry,” Lipa said.
Captain Taylor Lee ’10 shared Lipa’s sentiments.
“We are all really excited to start the season off this way. We want to continue this [success] the rest of the season and be undefeated,” Lee said.
Although Lipa’s first-place finish distinguished her excellent play, Lee emphasized that the entire team contributed to Tuesday’s success.
Four of the six Yale competitors finished in the top 10. Alyssa Roland ’11 finished in fourth place with a two-day compiled score of 148. Harriet Owers-Bradley ’11 shot a two-day combined score of 150, earning her a fifth-place finish. Callie Kemmer ’12 shot a two-day combined score of 153 and finished in eighth place.
Rompothong sees the Bulldogs’ victory in this tournament as the result of a tough training regimen over the summer.
“I’m really proud of the team. We lost by two shots in the Ivies last year, so we worked really hard all summer to train for this season. We really wanted to make a statement at this tournament, especially with two new freshmen,” Rompothong said.
Yale’s first tournament of the season should be an indication of things to come.
“We are going to keep pushing and train for victory at the league championship in the spring,” Rompothong said.