Cheng Leads Women's Golf to Third-Place Showing at River Landing Classic

Cheng Leads Women's Golf to Third-Place Showing at River Landing Classic

Cheng turned in the fifth-lowest 54-hole total in program history (UNCW Athletics).

WALLACE, N.C. – The Harvard women's golf team placed third at the River Landing Classic in the team's final tune up before the 2016 Ivy Championships.

Harvard (+41, 905) sat in first place following 36 holes on Saturday, but slipped back on Sunday to finish behind East Carolina (+34, 898) and Penn State (+38, 902). The Crimson started quickly at plus-3 (291) through the first round, the sixth-lowest round versus par in program history and the eighth-lowest total round score. Harvard was unable to keep its same pace through the second round and carded a plus-25 (313), but still maintained a five-stroke lead heading into Sunday.

The Crimson played solidly in the final round with a plus-13 (301), but East Carolina fired a minus-1 (287) and Penn State came in at plus-5 (293) to overtake the Crimson on the leaderboard.

Anne Cheng finished as the runner-up in the individual competition at plus-2 (218), marking the fifth-lowest 54-hole total in program history. The junior displayed consistent play all weekend, opening with a minus-1 (71) before following up at plus-1 (73) and plus-2 (74).

Anna Zhou followed in eighth place at plus-8 (224). The freshman came in at even par (72) after the first round, but struggled with a 78 (+6) in the second round on Saturday. Zhou rebounded nicely on Sunday, however, carding a 74 (+2).

Harvard's lineup also featured senior captain Christine Lin (+13, 229), Courtney Hooton (+18, 234), and Nina Fairbairn (+35, 251).

Lita Guo (+7, 223) and Michelle Xie (+13, 229) played the tournament as individuals, with Guo tying for fifth place and Xie tying for 18th.

Harvard's focus will now shift to defending its title at the 2016 Ivy League Championships, being held at the Stanwich Club April 22-24. The Crimson has won four-consecutive conference crowns, and six of the last eight.