Women's Golf Second at Ivy Championship; Kabasakalis All-Ivy

Women's Golf Second at Ivy Championship; Kabasakalis All-Ivy

Pictured: Mia Kabasakalis finished second overall at the 2011 Ivy League championship in Northfield, N.J.

-courtesy, IvyLeagueSports.com

NORTHFIELD, N.J. -- A gorgeous warm and sunny day at the Atlantic City Country Club brought numerous tournament-best scores as the Yale women's golf team broke ahead of the pack to claim the 2011 Ivy League Women's Golf Championship title on Easter Sunday.

The Bulldogs entered the third and final round of play sitting in a tie for first with Penn but scored a 293 team score to pull four strokes ahead of second-place Harvard (917), seven strokes ahead of third-place Princeton (920) and nine strokes ahead of fourth-place Penn (922).

This marks the seventh all-time team title for Yale, but just the first since 2006.

Princeton made the biggest team leaps from round to round, opening the weekend with a 324, improving to 308 on Saturday and finishing with a third-round score of 288 -- the low team total for the tournament and tying the lowest round in an Ivy League Championship contested at Atlantic City CC. Harvard also scored a 288 in their second round in 2008.

Columbia's Michelle Piyapattra closed out her incredible individual championship run with a 69. The freshman from Corona, Calif., birdied one, six, 10, 13 and 17 while carding bogeys on two and 14 to finish with a 54-hole score of 214. That three-round score is the lowest at a Ivy championship since 2008 when Princeton's Susannah Aboff shot a 207 (65-70-72), also at Atlantic City CC. Piyapattra is the second all-time individual champion hailing from the Lions' program. She joins Sara Ovadia who won the title in 2007.

The lowest round of the tournament was scored Sunday by Princeton's Rachel Blum. The senior started slow with bogeys on holes one and two, but went on to birdie holes four, eight, 10, 13, 14 and 16 for a four-under 68.

Six players were named to the All-Ivy first team by virtue of a tie for both third and fifth. Joining individual champion Piyapattra (72-73-69--214) were Harvard's Mia Kabasakalis (75-76-73--224), Princeton's Blum (78-80-68--226), Yale's Seo Hee Moon (76-78-72--226), Penn's Michelle Lee (81-74-72--227) and Princeton's Kelly Shon (82-73-72--227).

Also announced as part of the awards ceremony was the 2011 Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. In a unanimous vote of the League's seven coaches, Yale's Seo Hee Moon was named the Player of the Year. Moon, a freshman hailing from Mukilteo, Wash., was also voted as the League's Rookie of the Year.

54-Hole Team Totals
1. Yale (310-310-293--913)
2. Harvard (313-309-295--917)
3. Princeton (324-308-288--920)
4. Penn (314-306-302--926)
5. Columbia (321-322-302--945)
6. Brown (331-324-311--966)
7. Dartmouth (326-323-323--967)

2011 Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year
Seo Hee Moon, Yale, Fr. (Mukilteo, Wash.)

First Team All-Ivy (top six finishers)
Michelle Piyapattra, Columbia, Fr. (Corona, Calif.)
Mia Kabasakalis, Harvard, Sr. (Alameda, Calif.)
Rachel Blum, Princeton, Sr. (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Seo Hee Moon, Yale, Fr. (Mukilteo, Wash.)
Michelle Lee, Penn, Fr. (Mississauga, Ontario)
Kelly Shon, Princeton, Fr. (Port Washington, N.Y.)

Second Team All-Ivy (finishers six through 11)
Harriet Owers-Bradley, Yale, Sr. (Nottingham, England)
Rui Li, Penn, Fr. (Kent, Wash.)
Kate Scarpetta, Princeton, Sr. (Moosic, Pa.)
Christine Cho, Harvard, Jr. (La Crescenta, Calif.)
Sarah Knapp, Dartmouth, Fr. (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)