After a slow start at the Nittany Lion Women’s Invitational this weekend, the Harvard women’s golf team stormed back to finish in second place out of 17 teams at Penn State’s Blue Course.
The Crimson trailed only Penn State, which, for the second weekend in a row, finished ahead of Harvard at a tournament.
The Crimson gave its best performance on Sunday, shooting a team score of 284 (-4). This marked Harvard’s lowest single-day team score in the program’s history, according to coach Kevin Rhoads.
Every one of the team’s counted scores was at or below par, lead by junior captain Bonnie Hu, who posted an individual score of 69 (-3).
Hu is now the only Crimson to dip into the sixties so far this season.
“[On Sunday] everything came together,” said Hu, a Crimson business editor. “Everyone played well.”
Sunday’s team play was good enough to give Harvard second place, with the Crimson finishing six strokes ahead of Old Dominion.
Early in the weekend, rain muddied the course, creating problems for players. But by the time Sunday came the course was in prime condition.
On Friday, highly touted freshman Christine Lin shot Harvard’s best score on the day, 73 (+1), leading the Crimson to an overall team score of 303 (+15). Lin finished tied for 11th place with an individual score of 221 (+5) on the tournament.
Sophomore Tiffany Lim led Harvard on Saturday, shooting an even par for the day. The Crimson remained in third place, finishing with a score of 299 (+11).
Lim led Harvard individually, placing in a tie for eighth at +3. Lim finished eleven strokes behind the individual champion, the Nittany Lions’ Ellen Ceresko, who finished at -8 for the weekend, seven strokes ahead of anyone else. Princeton’s Kelly Shon was the only Ivy League representative to finish ahead of Lim, shooting a 215 (-1).
At the tournament’s conclusion, the Crimson boased a score of 886 (+22). Every player finished in the top 30 of the individual standings out of the field of 103.
For the second week in a row, Ivy League rivals Princeton and Yale finished behind Harvard, the reigning Ancient Eight champion.
The Tigers placed sixth, 14 shots back of the Crimson, with a score of 900 (+36), while the Bulldogs shot a 43-over-par 907 en route to ninth place.
No Harvard player posted a score in the 80s on the weekend on a course that competitors averaged a 78.5 per round overall.