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Harvard Women's Golf Concludes Fall with Victory at Lehigh Invitational

Tiffany Lim placed second among individuals at the Lehigh Invitational (Harvard Athletic Communications).

By Christine Lin '16

This weekend the Harvard Women's Golf Team competed in their final tournament of the fall season -- Lehigh University Invitational, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The beautiful, secluded Saucon Valley Grace Course designed by William Gordon has been named to the "Top 100 Golf Courses" by Golf Digest several times. The course was less hilly than the other courses the Crimson played this semester.  Thick rough placed a premium on hitting the the perfectly-cut fairways while subtle ridges and severe slopes on the lightning-fast greens made it difficult for approach shots to hold. The team was looking forward to the tournament rounds as they were grateful to have the opportunity to play the prestigious course.
 
Harvard played with Boston University and Navy in the first round. The Crimson teed off in the mid-morning in the swirling winds and chilly weather. Harvard finished with a solid 303, taking the lead over Seton Hall by 3 strokes.  The Crimson was led by Tiffany Lim '15 and Anne Cheng '17 who both shot 74's.  Both players managed the fast greens a bit better than the field while displaying outstanding ball striking.  Senior captain Bonnie Hu followed with a respectable 77 including two birdies on her last six holes. Sophomore Christine Lin had good ball striking and was close to converting many par and birdie opportunities on the greens, ending with a 78. Courtney Hooton '16 finished with a 79, shooting 43 on the front nine but rounded out with a comeback 36 on the back nine.
 
On the second day of competition, the Crimson was paired with Seton Hall and Princeton.  The difficult greens were highlighted with challenging pin placements.  Fortunately, the wind was not as strong as the first day.  Lim brought in a fantastic even-par 72 marked by amazing recovery shots and solid putting.  Hooton followed with a 73 as more of her putts fell, reeling in a couple of birdies.  Hu had many nice saves for par and finished strong again by birdying the last two holes. Lin's round of 77 was highlighted by 80% conversion on her up-and-downs holing several putts within 15 feet. Cheng rounded out the scoring with a 78.
 
After all the scores came in, Harvard came out on top once again. The team improved to a 297 total -- a great score given the tricky greens and cool conditions. The Crimson's total of 600 surpassed the Princeton Tigers' 612.  Lim's 146 total took home the individual runner-up title while Hooton, Hu and Cheng finished tied 4th with a 152 total.
 
The Lehigh University Invitational was the third victory in four tournaments and a wonderful way to end the Harvard Women's Golf Fall season.  It is nice to have the commitment to process affirmed by the results.  More importantly, each player has made progress in her own intended direction. The experience playing idiosyncratic courses in tough competition this fall has shaped their games and led to individual growth. The team did a fantastic job focusing on the elements that bring out the best in each player's game.
 
We want to thank Lehigh University and Saucon Valley for hosting an amazing event. We greatly appreciate Coach Rhoads and Coach Sheldon who have spent a great deal of time and effort coaching us. Finally, we want to thank Friends of Harvard Golf for their continued support of the program.  The Friends allow us to play in some of the best events at beautifully-designed courses, and we are grateful for the opportunity. Thank you.