ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Harvard women's golf used a hot start to win the Navy Fall Invite over the weekend. The Crimson was led by senior captain Anne Cheng's fifth-place finish at the event, played on the Naval Academy Golf Course.
"It was difficult to acclimate to the speedy greens, but I had a few lucky birdies. One of them was a 30-foot putt from the fringe," said Cheng.
The Crimson finished at plus-39 with a tournament-best 304 on day one. Harvard posted a score of 311 on day two, tying with Towson for the lowest round. The Tigers (621, +45) finished second, followed by Penn (623, +47).
Cheng shot back-to-back 76 rounds to knot Penn's Yubin Huh for fifth place at plus-8. The Crimson secured four golfers in the top-20 to wrap up the win. Senior Nina Fairbairn posted a score of 77 on both days to finish eighth overall. Sophomore Michelle Xie also notched an eighth-place showing, posting a score of 75 on day one of the event.
"Although it took some time for me to adjust to the greens, my swing stayed strong and consistent throughout the day," said Xie. "I have been working on some swing fixes for the past month and to see my swing come together, especially under pressure, was rewarding."
Harvard will be back in action Oct. 1-2 at the Princeton Invitational on the Springdale Golf Club.