Hu Heads to NCAAs

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on April 28, 2011 at 11:20PM

After leading the Harvard women’s golf team in scoring average this past year, freshman Bonnie Hu was recently invited to the NCAA Central Regional, held May 5-7 in South Bend, Ind.

Only one other individual Ivy Leaguer—Kelly Shon of Princeton—received such a distinction.

Hu has already exceeded the expectations coming into her rookie campaign. Her season average of 75.55 was a full two strokes better than anyone else on the team, and she holds a share of the low round of the season for Harvard with captain Mia Kabasakalis.

Twice this year, she has shot under par. At the Princeton Women’s Invitational back in September, Hu, a Crimson business editor, scored a two-under 70 in the second round on her way to a fourth-place finish.

This year, over spring break, she shot a one-under round of 71 in a match against Cal in Pleasanton, Calif.

The Harvard squad lost out on a berth in the regional tournament after falling to Yale by four strokes in the Ivy League Women’s Championship last weekend. Hu finished that tournament with a 73 in the final round, but Kabasakalis was the overall team leader, finishing in second in the field. Hu placed 12th overall.

The Ancient Eight will be spread out for next week’s regional championships. Yale, along with Shon, will be travelling to Daytona Beach, Fla., but Hu will head to South Bend for the Central Regional.