Zhou tied for 12th in her first NCAA Regional Championship (Sideline Photos).
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Harvard women's golf team tied for ninth place at the NCAA Regional Championship hosted by Louisiana State University at the University Club.
Harvard, making its fifth-consecutive NCAA Regional Championship appearance, tied with East Carolina for ninth place out of the 16-team field, finishing the 54-hole event at plus-40 (904). The top six teams from the region earned qualification to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, taking place May 20-25 at Eugene County Club in Eugene, Oregon. Those six teams from the Baton Rouge regional were Florida (-7, 857), South Carolina (-7, 857), Washington (-1, 863), Duke (+6, 870), Oregon (+18, 882), and BYU (+20, 884).
The Crimson's ninth-place result marks its highest-ever placement at the NCAA Regionals, besting last year's 10th-place finish.
Freshman Anna Zhou led the way tying for 12th place with an even-par 216 over the three days. A native of Paolo Alto, California, Zhou opened the tournament at plus-3 (75) but rebounded with a 2-under (70) round on Saturday and 1-under (71) round on Sunday, Harvard's two lowest rounds of the weekend.
Classmate Michelle Xie came in at plus-13 (229) to tie for 51st place. Xie, also a Paolo Alto, California resident, rebounded from a plus-9 (81) on Thursday with a pair of 74's (+2) to close out her first NCAA Regional Championship on a high note.
Lita Guo, Anne Cheng, and Christine Lin also represented Harvard at University Club. Guo, a sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, tied for 64th place at plus-16 (232), firing a low round of 76 (+4) on Thursday and following up with a 77 (+5) on Friday and 79 (+7) on Saturday.
Cheng and Lin tied with each other for 69th place at plus-18 (234). Cheng shot 77 (+5), 74 (+2), and 83 (+11), while Lin carded scores of 80 (+8), 77 (+5), and 77 (+5).