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Bracing torrential downpour and icy winds for most of the weekend, the Harvard women’s golf team edged Princeton out by one stroke to rise from fourth on Saturday to first place on Sunday in the Princeton Invitational.
The weekend saw different sorts of firsts for members old and new on the Harvard women’s golf squad, which finished fourth in its first tournament of the 2015-2016 campaign.
The Harvard women’s golf team, pictured after its third-straight Ivy title win in 2014, became the first squad in Ancient Eight golf history to capture four-straight Ivy League titles this year under Crimson coach Kevin Rhoads.
Now in his 11th season of coaching the Harvard women’s golf team and his third season with the men's team, Kevin Rhoads has accomplished far more with both programs than his predecessors.
At the end of a weekend of play, the Crimson took home 10th place in the NCAA Regional tournament.
As classes wind down and students prepare for final exams, the women’s golf team found success at a final of their own. After leading their team to an Ivy League Championship, junior Courtney Hooten and sophomore Anne Cheng earned this weeks Athlete of the Week honors. However, there were a few other Crimson athletes who had strong performances this week.
The Harvard women's golf team secured its fourth conference title and a spot in the NCAA Regionals with a one-stroke win over Yale at the Ivy League Championships in Bethlehem, Pa.
After an up and down first round that saw the group shoot 15 shots off the lead, the Crimson women’s golf team turned in lower scores in each of its next two rounds, finishing fourth among a stacked field at the Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif.
After a long respite from tournament competition, the Harvard women’s golf team travelled to the Ole Miss Golf Course in Oxford, Miss., for the Rebel Intercollegiate and came away with a 14th place finish against top-tier competition.
In a competitive field at the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament in Stanford, Calif., Harvard women’s golf used a strong last day to finish 15th out of a field of 17 teams.
As a team, the Crimson shot a 33-over-par 897, three strokes behind Columbia and two strokes behind Yale, after finishing five strokes behind the Bulldogs at last weekend’s Yale Invitational.
Sandwiched between a Yale team playing on its own course and Xavier in the final results, Harvard came up just short of denying the Bulldogs their second straight title at their own invitational.
The women's golf team also further cemented its status at the top of the Ancient Eight with its third consecutive Ivy League title and among the elite of Division I golf programs with a Harvard-best 13th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla.
While you may never guess it from her outward behavior, Anne Cheng has the killer instincts and skills on the course that have enabled her to gain the respect of her teammates and competitors.