Women’s Golf Looks to Take Back Ivy Title

Women’s Golf Looks to Take Back Ivy Title
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April 20-22
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Metedeconk National Golf Club

The Harvard women's golf team will look to take back its seat at the top of the Ivy League this weekend at the conference championship tournament. After winning the tournament for five consecutive years from 2012-16, the program took a step back last season finishing second, but will enter the 2018 edition as the overall favorite of the seven Ivy programs. The teams will play three days, one round per day, from Friday through Sunday at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J. 

Last Time Out
After besting its score by ten strokes from round one to round two and another eight strokes from round two to round three, the Harvard women's golf team won its host tournament at the Oaks Club in Sarasota, Fla. on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson posted a combined score of 902, plus-38, beating out Delaware by just three strokes.

Harvard placed four of five golfers in the top-15 individually en route to the team title. Belinda Hu led the Crimson, tying for fifth place with rounds of 72, 77 and 74 for an overall score of 223, plus-seven. Michelle Xie and Lita Guo finished one and four strokes off Hu respectively, taking seventh and 11th, with Xie one stroke off her career low round and Guo bouncing back from a rocky first round.

Line 'Em Up
Harvard will field three seasoned veterans in Lita Guo, Anna Zhou and Michelle Xie while freshmen Belinda Hu and Jessica Luo will make their post season debut at this year's Ivy Championship. 

Scouting the Ivy League
Harvard will enter the 2018 Ivy League Championship as the No. 1 team in the conference. The Crimson is averaging a score of 301.82 per tournament, about a half a stroke ahead of Princeton. Harvard and Princeton have also both notched one tournament win this season, while Yale has taken home a team title twice. Five of the seven teams have competed in seven tournaments this season while Harvard and Penn have totaled six outings apiece. 

While Princeton has a share of the top two individual spots in the Ivy rankings, Belinda Hu has shot her way to the top freshman and tied for second overall in the conference standings. Hu has posted an average score of 74.88 with a career low round of 70. Also contributing to Harvard's top rank is Anna Zhou and Michelle Xie who are slotted fourth and sixth in the conference prior to championships. 

The Course
Inspired by the varied topography of the preserve, Jones and his chief designer and top aide, Roger Rulewich, created a 27-hole masterpiece of tree-lined fairways, well-placed bunkers to maximize accuracy and the subtly contoured greens for which Jones is internationally known. And, typical of all Jones' creations, the development of water as a playing hazard is a strategic consideration on seven holes at Metedeconk National. Extensive and multiple tee boxes - another Jones trademark - allow for unlimited flexibility and permit the course to be played at yardages ranging from approximately 5,200 to 7,200. Our Tournament Course has a rating of 76.4 and a slope index of 152 with a par of 72 from the Championship Tees. 

What's Next?
The winner of the Ivy League tournament will earn an automatic bid to one of four NCAA Regional sites, set for May 7-9.