Men's and Women's Golf Welcomes Three Incoming Freshmen

Men's and Women's Golf Welcomes Three Incoming Freshmen

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fred Schernecker '89, The Paul M. Weissman '52 Director of Harvard Golf, will welcome three incoming freshmen, two to the men's team and one to the women's squad, for the 2016-17 season.

By Fred Schernecker '89

Please join our coaches and team members in welcoming the Class of 2020. 

The highlights below are focused primarily on golf accomplishments. We are proud that all our incoming freshmen and all of our team members are representative of the academic excellence embodied by Harvard. They each have impressive credentials in the classroom and in other leadership roles.

We will have one addition to the women's team who continue the tradition of team members from California. Her sister Courtney is a recent graduate and former team member of the Harvard golf program.

Chloe Belle Hooton (Del Mar; The Bishop's School) - Chloe Belle will be following in her sister's footsteps. Courtney Hooton '16 graduated in May as a standout and All Ivy performer. Chloe Belle joins us following a gap year during which, among other things, she attended school in Rennes, France.  Chloe Belle was a highly ranked rower and gained national attention by her sophomore year when she was a member of the US Rowing Junior National Team.  We are fortunate that golf lured her back. Chloe Belle's golf background includes:

  • Captain and MVP of League Champion Bishop's School Golf Team (2015)
  • CIF Coastal League Player of the Year and CIF San Diego All City 1st Team (2015)
  • First in The Bishop's School's history to win every match during season play (2015)
  • Individual school 18-hole team scoring record (65) and 9 hole scoring record (31)
  • 2nd place in the Callaway Junior World Championships (2005)
  • Youngest SDJGA tournament winner in 60-year history at 5 years of age
  • Two-time winner of US Kids Golf World Championships (Team California)
  • Gold Medalist as member of US Team in World Youth Team Challenge
  • Winner of over 70 golf tournaments

New additions to the men's team include:

Ryan Rhee (Fullerton, CA; Pacific Coast High School) - Ryan was the top-ranked golfer his age in the United States when he was 14 years old. Ryan had a successful stint playing professionally in China in 2013-2014 and then regained his amateur status. Following is a brief listing of Ryan's golf accomplishments:

  • Made 5 cuts in 6 starts on the China PGA Tour (2013-2014)
  • Ranked T-50 out of 144 China PGA Tour members (2013-2014)
  • Invited to compete in European Challenge Tour event (2013)
  • Competed in 2nd Stage Japan Tour Qualifying School (2013)
  • Made 36 and 54 hole cut, finished T-54 in Long Beach Open (2013)
  • Shot 5-under-67 to qualify for the PGA Tour Northern Trust Monday Qualifier (2013)
  • Chosen to represent Southern California in Junior America's Cup (2012)
  • Finished T-6 in California State Junior Amateur (2012)
  • Chosen to represent US as one of two boys in Evian Masters Junior Cup in France, contributed to 1st place team finish, placed T-2nd individually (2012)
  • Pacific Coast High School Scholarship Award Recipient (2015)

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD; McDonogh School) - In addition to his impressive golf resume, Rij has success in many other extra curricular activities. His results and accolades include the following:

  • Captained McDonogh School Varsity Golf and Varsity Squash (2015-2016)
  • Two wins, a 2nd, 3rd and 5th place in AJGA events in 2014 and 2015
  • Competed in 5 AJGA Invitationals: Rolex Tournament of Champions, Ping, Polo (2015) and Haas Family and Rolex (2016)
  • Qualified for USGA Junior Amateur (2015)
  • Maryland State Junior Champion (2015)
  • Maryland State Amateur Quarter-Finalist (2015)
  • 2nd Place in the MIAA Individual Tournament (2013, 2015, 2016)
  • Qualified for USGA Fourball at Winged Foot (2016)
  • AJGA Polo Ranking: 48 (18th in Class)
  • AJGA Scholastic All-American (2015)
  • McDonogh School Newspaper Editor-in-Chief
  • National Quiz Bowl Team Captain and McDonogh Chess Team Captain (2015-2016)
  • 1st Clarinet in McDonogh School Concert Band
  • Klein Journalism Scholarship Winner (2015)
  • 2015 Tony Marlowe Scholarship Recipient (2015)
  • 2016 Charles C. Kinard Journalism Award (2016)

We give a warm welcome to the incoming freshmen. We know each one will contribute positively to the program. We look forward to another exciting season ahead!

Thank you.

Fred Schernecker '89
The Paul M. Weissman Director of Harvard Golf