Two-Time Defending Ivy Champs Welcome Two Newcomers

Two-Time Defending Ivy Champs Welcome Two Newcomers

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard Director of Golf Fred Schernecker and head women's coach Kevin Rhoads have added two players to the two-time defending Ivy League championship women's golf program.

Two incoming freshman will add to a program that has dominated play in the northeast region over the past two seasons. Last year alone, Harvard won seven of the eight events leading up the NCAA Championships - it finished second in the other tournament. The team had three All-Ivy players including Christine Cho, the league rookie of the year.

Chloe Atchek (Rye, N.Y.) and Katie Sylvan (San Diego, Calif.) will join the Crimson this fall and try to lead Harvard to a third straight ivy title - a feat that would be a first in the Ancient Eight.

Atchek and Sylvan are highly regarded and are hoped to produce immediately.

"We are very excited for their arrival, and the chance to start a new chapter in Harvard Women's Golf history," said Rhoads. "They are both tremendous competitors and have had significant success that we hope to carry over here."

Sylvan is a four-time Coast League Player of the Year at the Francis Parker School as well as a four-time Breitbard All-CIF first team selection. She was recently selected to play in the 2009 Cannon Cup in Flagstaff, Ariz. as a representative of the West team. The annual tournament pits the 10 best players from the West against the East and Sylvan helped her squad to a narrow victory in the national event. As a junior, Sylvan was named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American and ended 2009 as the 11th-ranked golfer in the country.

Altchek meanwhile, competed for the Horace Mann School's boy's team, finishing 2009 as the team MVP and captain at the No. 1 position. A league champion, Altcheck went on to finish second in the state tournament. She is the younger sister for former men's soccer players Chris '08 and Charles Altcheck '06. Charles was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2006 and led Harvard to the Ivy championship.

Harvard begins its fall season Sept. 13-15 as an invitee to Golf Week's Conference Challenge, which will be hosted at the Las Vegas Paiute Resort Wolf Club.