Women's Golf Wins Fifth-Straight Ivy League Championship; Advances to NCAA Regional

Women's Golf Wins Fifth-Straight Ivy League Championship; Advances to NCAA Regional

The Crimson won their fifth-straight title, seventh in nine years (Courtesy Sideline Photos/The Ivy League). 

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Harvard women's golf team led from beginning to end en route to a record fifth-straight Ivy League championship at The Stanwich Club.

Harvard, which has won each of the last five Ivy titles and seven of nine, held an eight-stroke lead over Princeton follow Friday's first round and maintained a six-stroke margin over the Tigers after Saturday's second round. The Crimson ran away with the title on Sunday, extending the lead to 13 strokes.

Harvard came in at plus-43 (919) for the tournament with Princeton finishing at plus-56 (932). Yale (+72, 948) and Columbia (+80, 956) came in third and fourth, respectively, with Brown (+93, 969), Penn (+101, 977) and Dartmouth (+111, 987)  rounding out the field.

With seven Ivy League championships over the last nine years, Harvard has matched Yale for the most Ancient Eight titles in League history. The Crimson's run of five-straight championships, meanwhile, extends the longest streak in conference history.

Harvard's victory has also earned it a place in one of four NCAA Regional Championships being played May 5-7. Golf Channel will announce live the 72 teams and 24 individuals selected to compete in the four regionals on Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m. during Golf Central. 24 teams and 12 individuals will advance from each regional site to the national championships.

Anne Cheng finished as the individual runner-up with a plus-7 226, one stroke behind champion Jennifer Peng (+6, 225) of Yale. The junior, who was in search of her second individual title, was tied for fifth place after shooting a plus-3 76 on Friday but moved into second place with an even-par 73 on Saturday, Harvard's low round of the weekend. Now a three-time All-Ivy League first team honoree, Cheng closed out her tournament with a plus-4 77 on Sunday. 

Freshman Michelle Xie also earned first team All-Ivy recognition with a third-place result. Xie completed her first Ivy Championship at plus-9 (228) overall, shooting a plus-2 74 on Friday, a plus-6 79 on Saturday, and turning in her best round of the weekend at plus-1 74 on Sunday.

Harvard's lineup featured two additional All-Ivy performers in Christine Lin and Anna Zhou. Lin, the senior captain, tied for sixth place at plus-13 (232) as Zhou, a freshman, came in eighth place at plus-14 (233). Lin sandwiched a pair of 76's (+3) around an 80 (+7) on Saturday to earn her third All-Ivy honor. Zhou, meanwhile, shot plus-2 (75) on Friday, plus-7 (80) on Saturday, and plus-5 (78) on Sunday. 

Courtney Hooton (+32, 251) also contributed to Harvard's Ivy title, shooting plus-12 (85) on Friday, plus-7 (80) on Saturday, and plus-13 (86) on Sunday to finish in 32nd place.