Harvard Women's Golf Places Second at Harvard Invitational
Brenna Nelsen finished eighth overall (Harvard Athletic Communications).
By Coach Kevin Rhoads
In the days before the first round, the rains that have steadily fallen in the Northeast this fall continued. Thus, the layout of 6008 yards played considerably longer. Making things more difficult, winds consistently blew 20-30 mph on Saturday. Scores were high and birdies were hard to come by, evidenced by the field's scoring average of 82.44 – well above the average of tournaments this fall.
Paced by sophomore Bonnie Hu '14 (Freemont, CA) and freshman Tiffany Lim '15 (San Jose, CA), the Crimson were able to put together a field-leading first round. Hu and Lim both shot 75's – Hu making 3 birdies to offset 3 double-bogeys despite good ball striking, and Lim with a solid short game. Freshmen Brenna Nelsen '15 (Monte Serreno, CA) also had a standout first round, putting together a solid 77. Those three put up 3 of the 11 scores in the 70's on round one. Seniors Jane Lee '12 (Alamo, CA) and Christine Cho '12 (La Crescenta, CA)contributed 84 and 86 respectively to round out the Crimson's counting scores.
eventually finished 2nd and 3rd individually overall. Hu had escaped without any double
bogeys until the last hole, but the par 3 18th – at only 145 yards - was uphill, into the wind, and had a particularly tricky pin position. On average the field took 3.74 yards to negotiate that hole in round two. Though Lim lead the field with 24 pars over the two days, she couldn't quite get her birdie putts to drop, and a few extra bogies added up to her 81. Nelsen had a tough stretch in the middle of her round, but played well down the stretch to card 83. And Lee had a very good front 9, but couldn't finish off her back 9, and shot 87. Captain Christine Cho and Julie MacDonell '14 (Say! ville, NY), playing as an individual, both shot 88.
On a day where almost everyone shot high, Penn was able to come up with the low round of the day with 319 – 12 shots better than Harvard. The Crimson had a two-day total of 642, which put them in a tie for second with Columbia, only 5 strokes behind Penn. While the final round led to a second-place finish and denied the Crimson their third win in four fall tournaments, the fall season was still a success. They finished 1st, 1st, t9th, and t2nd during the fall campaign, and had a winning record against every other Ivy team except Penn. Against Penn they had a 1-1 record, but had a +14 stroke differential advantage.
Although the Crimson women are finished with their fall tournament schedule, they will use their last round as fuel to work hard in the coming months as they head into their offseason. They won't compete again as a team until March, but will be using the down-time from competition to work through things that cannot be tackled during the competitive season. They now have time to work on any tweaks in their technique, and will be doing offseason conditioning using TPI-designed workouts. The team thanks you for all of your support during this fall season, and looks forward to a successful spring season. Happy Holidays!!
1 Pennsylvania, Univ 318 319 637 +61
2 Harvard University 311 331 642 +66
Columbia University 321 321 642 +66
4 Princeton University 319 336 655 +79
5 Yale University 322 334 656 +80
6 Brown University 326 332 658 +82
7 Dartmouth College 328 334 662 +86
Fin Name School Scores
2 Bonnie Hu Harvard 75 80 155 +11
3 Tiffany Lim Harvard 75 81 156 +12
8 Brenna Nelsen Harvard 77 83 160 +16
24 Jane Lee Harvard 84 87 171 +27
29 Christine Cho Harvard 86 88 174 +30
36 Julie MacDonnell Harvard 93 88 181 +37