Women’s Golf Looks to Finish the Fall Season Strong at Delaware

Women’s Golf Looks to Finish the Fall Season Strong at Delaware
 Delaware Invitational
Oct. 21-22, 2017
All Day
Rehoboth Beach Country Club

The Harvard women's golf team is set to close out the fall season this weekend at the Delaware Invitational. The tournament will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club and will consist of two rounds on Saturday, Oct. 21 and another round Sunday, Oct. 22. Harvard will be playing for a hat trick of tournament titles, as the Crimson have finished in first place each of the last two years at the event. 

Last Time Out
After a slow start in round one, the Harvard women's golf team surged to a third-place overall finish at the Yale Women's Intercollegiate Tournament. Harvard's opportunity to climb higher was cut short with the final round of the tournament being cancelled due to inclement weather.

Harvard completed 36 holes with a score of 594, 26 over par. The Crimson tied with Delaware and the two programs were just four strokes off second place Lamar. Stirling University from Scotland took the team title with a plus 12 score of 580. Charlotte rounded out the top five, just one stroke behind Harvard and Delaware at 595. 

Individually, Harvard placed two golfers in the top ten, including freshman Belinda Hu, who finished tied for seventh overall carding 146, four over par. The rookie posted the Crimson's best performance in round two, setting a new career low round of 70 and notching the first sub-par round in her collegiate career. Senior Michelle Xie led the Crimson overall, tying for fourth with a score of 144, plus-two. 

Scouting Harvard
Harvard will again field it's fab five, consisting of Michelle Xie, Belinda Hu, Anna Zhou, Jessica Luo and Lita Guo. The group has led the Crimson to two top five finishes so far this season and three have set new career low rounds. In the national rankings, freshman Belinda Hu ranks in the top 150 in the nation, averaging 12 pars per round of more than 4,200 student-athletes. 

The Course
Rehoboth Beach Country Club's par 72 course is rated as one of the best on the Eastern Shore. The proximity to Rehoboth Bay offers unique challenges with changing winds and weather conditions. In 2001, the Rehoboth Beach Country Club became the first golf course in Delaware to receive the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designation, awarded to those courses that focus on preserving and protecting the environment and promoting the natural heritage of the game of golf. Just 906 courses worldwide have received the designation.

What's Next?
Up next, the women will focus on winter training before returning to the course at the Clemson Invitational in late March.