Harvard Women's Golf Welcomes Two Recruits for Upcoming Season

Harvard Women's Golf Welcomes Two Recruits for Upcoming Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard Director of Golf Fred Schernecker and head women's coach Kevin Rhoads have added two players to the women's golf program for 2012-13.

By Fred Schernecker

Recruiting is one area of our program that is 100% funded by the Friends of Harvard Golf.  Thanks to the generous support of our Friends, Harvard Golf was once again able to attract a talented group for the upcoming season. 

We will have big shoes to fill on the men's and women's team this year following the graduation of highly decorated key contributors – Tony Grillo, Mark Pollak, Connor Wentzell, Jane Lee and Christine Cho.

On the women's side . . .

Christine Lin, a 2012 graduate of Westwood High School in Austin, TX, shares the noteworthy distinction of a current and former Harvard golfers who have earned the HP Scholastic Junior All American designation.  Christine is a talented musician earning All State Piano Solo Rating I on two occasions and the Presidents Cup of National Federation of Music Clubs.  On the golf course, Christine had eight top-5 finishes and two 2nd place finishes in AJGA events.  As a result of her outstanding accomplishments on the course, she earned a ranking of ninth in the country by AJGA Polo Golf for the class of 2012. 

Courtney Hooton comes to Harvard in the footsteps of her grandfather Claude Hooton who was Harvard College class of 1954 and her father Claude Hooton III who received his MBA from Harvard in 1990.  Courtney is a graduate of the Bishop's School in San Diego, CA – the same school that four-time All Ivy Emily Balmert '09 attended.  Courtney was the four-time Bishop's School golf team MVP and two-time Coastal League Player of the Year.  She is also the only player in the 60-year history of the San Diego Junior Golf Association to win player of the year an incredible 9 times – with a potential for a 10th POY award in the summer of 2012.  Courtney has won over 200 golf tournaments including 2 AJGA tournaments and is a two-time qualifier for the US Women's Amateur Championship. 

We give a warm welcome to the incoming freshmen.  We know each and every one will contribute positively to the program.  Given the recent success on the recruiting front, we are optimistic about the future of Harvard Golf.