STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Harvard women's golf team completed play at the Nittany Lion Invitational today, earning a seventh-place finish (899, +35) in its first tournament of the season. Anna Zhou led the team, tying for fourth in the individual competition with round scores of 73, 70 and 72 on Penn State's par 72 Blue Course.
Reigning Ivy League champion Princeton placed fourth overall (889, +25), while fellow Ivies Yale, Penn and Columbia finished below the Crimson in eighth (910, +46), 11th (919, +55) and 12th (920, +56) respectively.
Maryland took both the individual and team titles, carding a cumulative 863, one under par, led by Laura Van Respaille who recorded round scores of 74, 68 and 70 to finish four under par.
Freshman Belinda Hu came in second for the Crimson, tying for 20th overall (77-73-74, +8). Michelle Xie also posted a strong finish, holding onto a top 25 spot after rounds of 71, 78 and 76 to finish plus nine on the weekend.
Round One Highlights
- Harvard tallied nine birdies in round one, five coming from junior Anna Zhou.
- Anna Zhou tied for first on par five holes, averaging 4.25 strokes per hole.
- Hole 14 proved to be the toughest challenge, players averaging +0.55 strokes on the par three hole. Just 46 of 85 competitors hit at par or better in round one.
Round Two Highlights
- Anna Zhou was the only player to card an eagle on hole six (par four).
- Freshmen Belinda Hu and Jessica Luo notched their standing career low rounds of 74 and 76 respectively.
- Through two rounds, Harvard hit at or below par on 72 percent of holes.
- Hole 14 was again the challenger, players averaging +0.61 on the par three hole.
Round Three Highlights
- Anna Zhou tied for second on par five holes, averaging 4.58 strokes.
- Belinda Hu completed the tournament tied for third overall with 41 at par holes. Michelle Xie was right on her tail, tallying 40 par holes.
- Anna Zhou was one of just 11 players to card an eagle during the three-round slate.
- Harvard ranked second in the tournament with 173 par holes.
- Hole three (par four) ranked most difficult in the final round. All competitors averaged +0.75 and just 36 hit at or below par.
Harvard will make its first trip of the season to an Ivy League venue next weekend for the Princeton Invitational.