RINGOES, N.J. – Roaring back with a sensational third round, Harvard women's golf earned its sixth Ivy League Championship in the last eight years, and eighth overall April 19-21 at The Ridge at Back Brook. First-year Elizabeth Wang, meanwhile, gave Harvard the individual champion for the second year in-a-row.
Wang earned her first collegiate tournament victory, finishing two strokes over par to edge Columbia's Jennifer Wang by two strokes. She is the fifth individual champion in program history, joining Emily Balmert '09, Bonnie Hu '14, Anne Cheng '17 and senior captain Michelle Xie. The San Marino, California native finished the tournament with a third-round 69 (-3), which was the lowest 18-hole score of the weekend.
Helping to lead the championship effort, first-years Chloe Royston (seventh, +11) and Anina Ku (10th, +13) and Xie (10th, +13) tallied top-10 finishes. Harvard was the only school to place four student-athletes in the top-10.
The story was one of resilience for Harvard, which found itself in fifth-place following 18 holes of play after shooting a combined 309. The Crimson improved to a 302 on day two, entering the final 18 holes on Sunday in fourth place.
The Crimson was dominant to close the event, shooting combined two-over 290, which is seven strokes better than the best round from any other Ivy program. Wang led the way with a 69 (-3), while Xie also finished under par at 71 (-1). Royston also posted her top score on Sunday, finishing with a one-over 73.
- Harvard earned its eighth Ivy League Championship in program history, and its sixth in the last eight years. Harvard now stakes claim to having the most Ivy League titles in Ivy League history.
- Wang led the Crimson with its second-straight individual championship, finishing with a two-over 218. She capped the tournament with a round of 69, which ties her career-low.
- Wang earned first team All-Ivy League recognition, while Royston, Ku and Xie are placed on the second team. Xie joins a select group of three-time All-Ivy League finishers for Harvard, becoming the third to accomplish the feat.
- Harvard (+37) ended six strokes ahead of second-place Dartmouth (+43), with the rest of the field ending: Columbia (+49), Princeton (+53), Penn (+55), Yale (+71) and Brown (+82).
Harvard earned an automatic bid to one of four NCAA Regional sites, set for May 6-8. The women's golf selection show is Wednesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. on the Golf Channel.