BRANCHBURG, N.J. – Back in action for the second-straight weekend, Harvard women's golf took third place at Matchplay Madness, hosted by Princeton. The Crimson won heads-up battles with Brown and Penn, but fell to Princeton to close the first day of action.
The Crimson bested the Bears to open the event, 3.5-2.5. Elizabeth Wang (4-3), Michelle Xie (8-6) and Chloe Royston (3-2) each tallied victories, while Belinda Hu halved her bout to earn half a point. Xie's eight-stroke lead with six holes to play ended as the most lopsided victory in the field for the first day of play.
Harvard was tripped up in its second matchup, falling to host Princeton 3.5-2.5 Wang (3-2) and Anna Zhou (2UP) were victorious, while Xie tied with her opponent. Wang was one of 13 players on the eight teams to win both of her first day meetings. Additionally, Jessica Luo went 2-0 on the first day playing as an individual, 7-6 and 5-4.
The Crimson ended the weekend on a winning note, running past Penn 4.5-1.5. Wang (2-1) completed her undefeated weekend, while Zhou (2-1), Hu (3-2) and Anina Ku (1UP) posted wins over the Quakers.
- Wang was one of four golfers to go unbeaten at 3-0.
- All seven Harvard players earned at least one win, while five of the seven ended with a record at .500 or better.
Harvard will look for its first Ivy League title since 2016, when it capped a run of five-straight, at the 2019 Ivy League Championships. The action will run from April 19-21 in Ringoes, New Jersey at The Ridge at Back Brook.