Cheng shot a team-low round of 72 on Saturday (Bruce Waterfield).
By Anne Cheng '17
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - On Wednesday night six of the Harvard women's golf team underwent an eight hour journey to the Nittany Lion Invitational at State College, Pennsylvania. Held at Penn State's own golf course, the tournament featured fourteen teams, with schools coming from the Ivy League and the Big Ten. In this tournament every team counts the four best scores of the six players.
The first day of the tournament was a beautiful, sunny day. The small, tough-to-read greens and narrow dog-leg fairways challenged the players throughout the week. Freshman Lita Guo posted the team's low score of 74 in the first day of her collegiate debut. Sophomore Anne Cheng scored a 75. Senior Tiffany Lim, in her first tournament of the season, posted a 4-over 76. Junior Courtney Hooton scored a solid 78, while overcoming swing changes in the middle of her round. Senior Brenna Nelsen carded a 77, and junior Christine Lin scored an 82.
The second day of the tournament proved to be much tougher. The weather reached a high of 55 degrees, and light rain scattered throughout our play. Nonetheless, the Crimson continued to focus only on controllable factors to score a team total of 300, two strokes lower than the previous day. Cheng had a decent putting day, allowing her to shoot even par 72. Lim, as usual, focused on process and let the result take care of itself. She ended the day with a 75. Lin bounced back from the day before with a 75, while Nelsen posted a consistent and solid 78. Hooton carded an 80, scoring well on the challenging par threes. By the end of the day, the Crimson were in third place, only a few strokes behind the leading team.
The last and final day proved the fighting spirit of the Harvard Women's golf team. A team score of 295, the lowest third day team total amongst the Ivy leaders in the field, was carded. Lin experienced an "in the zone" day and recorded the Crimson's lowest third day score of 72. Cheng and Guo, both draining birdies near the end of the round, shot 74 and 75, respectively. Nelsen also went low, shooting 74 on the last day by "minimizing mistakes" thanks to good course-management. Hooton scored a 78, consistently hitting the greens on many par threes.
At the end of the day, the Harvard Women's golf team placed third. Only three strokes behind champion team Columbia and two strokes back of runner-up Yale, the team appears to be in good position as they continue to play into the season.
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