|Nittany Lion Invitational
Sept. 23-24, 2017
Penn State Blue Course
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's golf team is slated to open the 2017-18 season this Saturday and Sunday at the Nittany Lion Invitational hosted by Penn State in State Park, Pa. The tournament will be composed of two rounds of 18 holes on Saturday and an additional 18 holes on Sunday.
Across eight tournaments, Harvard consistently finished in the top five during the 2016-17 season. After a season rife with challenges to overcome, the Crimson women landed second at the Ivy League Championships. A season-long focus on the team, the process and technical skills has set the foundation for an even more successful campaign in 2017-18.
The Crimson will field three returners and two freshmen in its first competition of the season. Upperclassmen Michelle Xie, Anna Zhou and captain Lita Guo will again tee off for Harvard while Belinda Hu and Jessica Luo will make their collegiate debuts. Zhou tied ninth overall at the 2017 Ivy League Championship while Xie finished tied for 12th.
Scouting the Field
At the Nittany Lion Invitational, the Crimson will get its first look at Ivy competitors Columbia, Yale, Princeton and Penn. Harvard will also compete against eight other programs, including Maryland, University of South Florida, Bucknell and Delaware. Columbia will take the green for the first time this season after finishing third at last season's Ivy League Championships. Reigning champion Princeton will also make its season debut while Yale is fresh off a first-place finish at the Bucknell Invitational from Sept. 9-10.
The Penn State Blue Course offers two different layouts through the front and back nine holes. On the front nine, greens are closely guarded by 27 bunkers, challenging players on their accuracy. The back nine includes another 16 green side bunkers, and adds 11 fairway bunkers and two water hazards on holes 14 and 18. The Crimson has not competed at Penn State's courses since 2014, when senior Lita Guo was a freshman.