The Oaks Club (Sarasota, Fla.)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's golf team will head south to Sarasota, Fla. to host the annual Harvard Invitational at The Oaks Club. The tournament will run April 7-8 and will be the final tune-up for the Crimson before Ivy League Championships set for April 20-22.
Last Time Out
In its first outing of the spring season, the Harvard women's golf team carded a combined score of 913, 49 over par, at the Clemson Invitational this past weekend. The Crimson lowered its score each round, posting rounds of 307, 305 and 301. Harvard was also competing against 11 ranked opponents at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. In her first outing of the 2017-18 season, sophomore Chloe Belle Hooton set a new career low round of 73 on the third day of competition.
This coming weekend, Harvard will stick with its tried and true lineup of Lita Guo, Anna Zhou, Jessica Luo, Belinda Hu and Michelle Xie in the team competition and will send Ji Hae Lee and Chloe Belle Hooton to compete as individuals. Four of the seven members have already set new career low rounds this season and three of the six who competed in the fall placed in the top 10 individually in at least one tournament.
Scouting the Field
At the Harvard Invitational, the Crimson will welcome 11 teams to compete, including Ivy rivals Brown, Dartmouth Penn and Princeton. In addition to getting an early look at conference competition, Harvard will also face familiar faces in Boston University and Delaware.
The Oaks Club has consistently received acclaim for its two 18-hole championship courses, elite staff, award winning pro shop, and dynamic menu of professional and community programs. The Oaks Club was awarded the Distinguished Emerald Club of World designation in 2017, a designation reserved for the top 4% of clubs worldwide, and the only west central Florida residential club community to receive the honor.
Our two courses, the Eagle and the Heron, challenge highly skilled players, and yet remain playable for golfers of all skill levels. Respectful of our pristine environment, our courses share habitat with eagles, egrets, sandhill cranes, turtles, blue herons, bobcats, and other native species. These close encounters with nature's vibrant flora and fauna greatly enhance—and inspire—the golfing experience.
The Heron Golf Course, originally designed by Willard Byrd, and renovated in 2015 by Hurdzan Fry Environmental Golf Course Design, supervised by Architect, Jason Straka. ranges from 4,196 to 6,695 yards with eight tee alternatives.
Ivy League Championships
This season, the Ivy League Championship is set to be played at the Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J. Inspired by the varied topography of the preserve, Robert Trent Jones and his chief designer and top aide, Roger Rulewich, created a 27-hole masterpiece of tree-lined fairways, well-placed bunkers to maximize accuracy and the subtly contoured greens for which Jones is internationally known. And, typical of all Jones' creations, the development of water as a playing hazard is a strategic consideration on seven holes at Metedeconk National. Extensive and multiple tee boxes - another Jones trademark - allow for unlimited flexibility and permit the course to be played at yardages ranging from approximately 5,200 to 7,200. From the championship tees, the course has a rating of 75.4 and a slope index of 146 with a par of 72.
Ivy League Network
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After this weekend, the Crimson will turn its attention to Ivy League Championship preparation with the tournament set for April 20-22.