Though Harvard did not capture the team Ivy League title, Michelle Xie found the top of the podium in individual rankings—shooting a 77-71-72 to win individual champion.
At the end of the final round of the Ivy League Championships, the Harvard women’s golf team remained tied with Princeton for the top spot to decide the conference crown. In dramatic fashion, the Crimson came up just short in a playoff hole against the Tigers to decide the Ancient Eight title.
Last season, the Crimson’s impressive five-year reign atop the conference came to an end when Princeton took home the title in dominating fashion. This season, Harvard will travel to Metedeconk National Golf Club in the Tigers’ home state of New Jersey in an attempt to return the trophy to Cambridge.
In its last true test before the Ivy League championships, Harvard women’s golf completed a roaring comeback to take home the trophy at the Harvard Invitational for its first win in the competition since October 2013.
The women’s varsity golf team’s week-long spring break training trip in California ended on a sour note when their team van was broken into.
Kicking off the spring season, Harvard traveled south to escape the New England cold in its opening match of 2018 in South Carolina. The Crimson was unable to recover from its tough start and finished last in a competitive field of 15.
With its infamously challenging 238-yard ninth, The Course at Yale consistently ranks among the most difficult in the country. Yet, the Crimson women’s golf team, who placed sixth of 16 teams in 2015 and fourth of 19 teams in 2016, has only seen improvement at the Yale Invitational that took place this past weekend, but was cut short due to inclement weather conditions on Sunday.
The Crimson’s five-person team placed seventh out of a field of 14 teams, shooting 35 over par across three rounds in two days. The Crimson rounded out the top half of the leaderboard, finishing two strokes behind sixth-place Seton Hall and 11 strokes up on eighth-place Yale.
Looking to defend its Ivy Leagues championships, men’s and women’s golf head south this weekend and leave behind their home turf at Fresh Pond in Cambridge. The men will be going to Greenwich, Conn. while the women will be heading down to the Sunshine State to close out their seasons.
With Boston snows hindering the outdoor practices of the golf teams, the group makes use of the school’s indoor facilities to prepare for the upcoming Ivy League Championships.