Rhoads Tabbed as Coach of the Year, Zhou Rookie of the Year

Rhoads Tabbed as Coach of the Year, Zhou Rookie of the Year

Zhou is the sixth member of the Crimson to earn Rookie of the Year honors (Donna Ford).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard golf head coach Kevin Rhoads has been voted as the 2016 Ivy League Women's Golf Coach of the Year while Anna Zhou has picked up Ivy League Rookie of the Year plaudits, conference officials announced Tuesday.

Rhoads received the honor on both sides for the first time in his career after leading Harvard's men's and women's golf programs to Ivy League championships this past weekend. On the men's side it marked the Crimson's first title since 1975 and third overall, while the women captured their fifth-consecutive crown and seventh in nine years.

Under Rhoads tutelage, the Harvard women turned in the fourth-best scoring average (302.6) in program history this season. The team won four of eight tournaments it entered, including the Ivy League Championship, and placed third at both the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate and River Landing Classic leading into the conference tournament.

Zhou was voted as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year after placing eighth this past weekend at plus-14 to earn All-Ivy League second team honors. A native of Paolo Alto, California, Zhou picked up her first career win this spring at the Spring Break Intercollegiate, was the Crimson's top finisher at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate, and was the squad's second-leading scorer at the River Landing Classic.

Zhou is the sixth member of the Crimson to be voted as Rookie of the Year in the eight years it has been awarded, joining a list that includes current teammates Christine Lin and Anne Cheng.

Cheng, Michelle Xie, and Lin also received All-Ivy League accolades. Cheng finished as the runner-up at plus-7, one stroke behind champion Jennifer Peng (+6) of Yale, for her third consecutive first team selection. Xie, meanwhile, earned first team All-Ivy recognition at her first conference tournament with a third-place result at plus-9.

Lin tied for sixth place at plus-13 to join Zhou on the All-Ivy second team, the third All-Ivy honor of her career.

Harvard is headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to compete in the 2016 NCAA Women's Golf Regional Championship being held May 5-7 at University Club. This will mark the fifth straight appearance for Harvard at the NCAA Regionals and seventh in the last nine years under Rhoads.