Freshman Zhou earned her first individual title as the Crimson won its third tournament of the year (Donna Ford).
PINEHURST, N.C. – The Harvard women's golf team opened its spring season with a 15-stroke victory at the Spring Break Intercollegiate played on Pinehurst Resort Golf Club's No. 8 course. The Crimson finished the two-round tournament at plus-35 (611), while its closest competitor, Columbia, finished at plus-50 (626).
The victory marked the third in five tournaments this season for the Crimson as freshman Anna Zhou took home her first career individual title at plus-5 (149). Zhou opened the weekend with a 76 (+4) on Friday and followed that up with a 73 (+1) on Saturday, her second-lowest round of the season.
Anne Cheng (+7, 151) and Christine Lin (+8, 152) followed closely behind in second place and third place, respectively. After a 79 (+7) to open the tournament, Cheng found her stroke on Saturday and carded the only even-par round (72) of the weekend. Lin, meanwhile, held the lead after day one with a 75 (+3) before turning in a 77 (+5) on day two.
Courtney Hooton (+15, 159) and Nina Fairbairn (+23, 167), both playing as individuals, displayed the most resiliency with improvements of 11 strokes and seven strokes, respectively. Hooton shot an 85 (+13) on Friday before returning with a 74 (+2) on Saturday to finish ninth, with Fairbairn rebounding from an 87 (+15) with an 80 (+8) to place 20th.
The 2016 Spring Training Intercollegiate took place on Pinehurst No. 8 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C. A par-72 course that opened in 1996, each round totaled 6,340 yards in length.
The Pinehurst Resort is most famous for its No. 2 course that hosted both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women's Open in 2014 and has been the site of more championships than any other golf course in the country. Pinehurst No. 8 will serve as the companion course for the 2019 Men's U.S. Amateur Championship.