NEW HAVEN, Conn.
- The Quinnipiac women's golf team continues its fall season when they travel just down the road for the Yale Fall Invitational. The Bobcats will also honor its two seniors, Julia Kemmling
(Berlin, Connecticut) and Luciana Tobia-Palza
(La Paz, Bolivia), after the final round play on Sunday morning.
Yale Women's Intercollegiate
Oct. 6-8, 2018
The Course at Yale (New Haven, Conn.)
Par-72, 6,007 yards (yardage is subject to change)
PROJECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS
- Friday, October 5 - First Round, 18 holes
- Saturday, October 6 - Second Round, 18 holes
- Sunday, October 7- Third Round, 18 holes
Friday- High of 66 degrees and a low of 49 degrees. 0% chance of precipitation. 13 MPH wind.
Saturday- High of 65 degrees and a low of 58 degrees. 0% chance of precipitation. 6 MPH wind
Sunday- High of 76 degrees and a low of 63 degrees. 10% of precipitation. 7 MPH wind.
*Conditions are subject to change*
STARTING LINEUP WITH TEE TIMES
- Julia Kemmling - 10:20
- Queenie Lai - 10:10
- Alexandra Sazhin - 10:00
- Luciana Tobia-Palza - 9:50
- Elena Lopez - 9:40
- Individual - Elena Ybarra - 9:20
Quinnipiac will be paired with St Johns, Albany, and Sacred Heart
17 Teams- Ivy, Big East, ACC, NEC, MAAC and The Patriot League
Stirling, Seton Hall, Quinnipiac, Boston University, Boston College, Penn, Brown, Navy, Sacred Heart, St John's, Harvard, Long Island University, Hartford, Wagner, Hofstra, Yale, Butler
LAST TIME OUT
COACH O'CONNOR'S THOUGHTS ON 2018-19
- The Bobcats have started strong in the fall portion of their 2018-19 schedule. Quinnipiac placed tied for 8th out 16 teams at the Boston College Intercollegiate a few weeks ago and placed 6th out of 16 at the Dartmouth Invitational to kick off the season.
- The Bobcats' Scores from the Dartmouth Invitational can be seen here
- Quinnipiac's play at the Boston College Intercollegiate can be seen here
THANK YOU JULIA
- "The team is anxious to begin competing and I'm confident that this group will focus on practice, continue to work hard and improve throughout the fall and in to the spring season and be ready come conference championship time.
- This year's team is very competitive with some very talented new freshmen. The freshmen have great teammates and role models in upperclassmen and captains Julia Kemmling and Luciana Tobia in addition to very special players in rookie of the year and conference MVP Alexandra Sazhin and standout sophomores Queenie Lai and Elena Ybarra. This should be a very exciting year."
CLASS OF 2022
- The Yale Fall Invite will be the last tournament for senior Julia Kemmling, who will be graduating Quinnipiac in December. The three-year captain has played a key role in the Bobcats' recent success.
- The Connecticut native helped propel the Bobcats to back-to-back MAAC Championships in 2016 and 2017.
- Kemmling finished fourth and higher in stroke average all three years for Quinnipiac.
- She received All-MAAC Honors in 2016 and 2017.
- Shot a season-best 75 ( 3) for the NCAA Athens Regional second round on May 15, 2017, which stands as the best round in Quinnipiac NCAA Tournament competition.
- Her 42 birdies in 2015-16 are the second-most for a freshman in program history and the second-most in a single season by any Quinnipiac athlete.
- In 2015-16, Her 229 at the MAAC Championship was also the second-best 54-hole score in program history and her 149 over the first two rounds of the 2016 MAAC Championship broke the program's postseason 36-hole record.
COMING IN STRONG
- The four new members of the Bobcats this fall are Elena Lopez (Clarence, N.Y. / Clarence High School), Darby Lillibridge (Geneva, Ill. / Geneva Community High School), Amanda Tully (Brewster, N.Y. / Carmel High School) and Casey Oppenheimer (Conshocken, Pa. / AIM Academy).
- The Class of 2022 will join a Bobcat program that stacks up well for the coming year, with most of its top performers returning, including seniors Julia Kemmling and Luciana Tobia-Palza, junior Alexandra Sazhin, and sophomores Elena Ybarra and Queenie Lai, all of whom were consistent scorers last season. Quinnipiac won MAAC titles in 2016 and 2017.
Quinnipiac set a new program record for lowest team stroke average last season (310), breaking the old mark by 10 strokes.
The Bobcats were one of four NCAA Division I teams in the country to win three tournaments after winning the Dartmouth Invitational, the Hartford Invitational and the St. John's Invitational. Quinnipiac completed the first semester with its highest rating in program history at 124.
ACES IN THE CLASSROOM
The Quinnipiac women's golf team earned one of the top 25 team grade point averages in all of Division I during the 2018-19 season, earning All-Scholar Team distinction from the Women's Golf Coaches Association, the organization announced today. The Bobcats recorded a stellar 3.715 team GPA to rank tied for 13th in all of Division I. Quinnipiac was also tied for 21st in team grade point average in all three NCAA divisions combined.
THREE STRAIGHT MAAC HONORS FOR LAI
Sophomore Queenie Lai
won the MAAC Women's Golfer of the Week honor for three straight weeks in April. She captured the honor after leading the Bobcats with a fifth-place finish with a 229 (75-78-76) at the Babs Steffens Hatter Collegiate, hosted by Stetson. She also earned it by finishing tied for third at the Low Country Intercollegiate out of 76 competitors with a 76-75-151. Earlier on the same trip, she earned her first award by coming in tied for sixth with a 78-75-153 at the Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida.
DOMINATING THE AWARDS
The three straight MAAC honors for Lai
(see above) made it four straight weeks that the Bobcats have earned the MAAC Women's Golfer of the Week award when they have competed. On Feb. 28, junior Alexandra Sazhin
earned the distinction after a strong showing (13th out of over 200 competitors) at the Kiaweh Island Invitational. The Bobcats were idle the week of March 7 and again last week, when they did not have a nominee.
SAZHIN BREAKS SINGLE-SEASON BIRDIE RECORD
moved into the top spot in the Quinnipiac record books last season when she bagged three birdies in the second round of the Low Country Intercollegiate. That gave her 46 on the season, surpassing the old school record of 44, which was set by current senior Luciana Tobia-Palza
as a freshman in 2015-16. Sazhin currently has 49 to lead the Bobcats, while Lai
is up to 37 and Tobia-Palza has 36.
THE BOBCATS AT THE TOP
- Head Coach John O'Connor announced his captains last season and the two captains, junior Julia Kemmlingand junior Luciana Tobia-Palza, will return as captains this season.
- "Julia and Luciana both exemplify teamwork, focus, desire to win and leadership," said O'Connor. "They come to practice ready to work hard with a positive attitude and a desire to improve the team and make history. Both of these golfers are very proud to be a part of Quinnipiac and the golf team. Julia and Lu are always willing to help the younger golfers on the golf course, but more importantly how to make the most of their time at Quinnipiac University. I'm extremely proud to announce Lu and Julia as the golf team captains."
Three-time conference Coach of the Year John O'Connor
's squad features two former MAAC Players and Rookies of the Year in Luciana Tobia-Palza
, who earned both awards in 2016, and Alexandra Sazhin
, who collected both honors in 2017. In addition, Julia Kemmling
has earned All-MAAC honors in each of the last two seasons with back-to-back top 10 finishes at the conference tournament. Estefania Morales
also earned all-conference honors in 2017.