CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championship for the eighth time in program history, Harvard women's golf is set to compete in the 2019 Midwest Regional in East Lansing, Michigan, held May 6-8 at Forest Akers West Golf Course.
Harvard won the Ivy League Championship by six strokes April 19-21 to earn the conference's automatic postseason bid. The berth is Harvard's first since 2016, which capped a run of five-straight NCAA appearances.
Setting the Scene
Forest Akers West Golf Course is set up for a par of 72, and runs 6,387 total yards. The tournament spans three days, with student-athletes playing 18 holes each on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Each team enters five players, with the top four from each team making up the teams' aggregate. This is the second time an NCAA Regional has been held at the course, with the first coming in 2002.
What to Know
• The Crimson has been in action for three tournaments this spring after taking part in four in the fall. Harvard most recently won the Ivy League Championship, which was the team's sixth title in the last eight seasons. All seven Harvard players in action tallied at least one victory at Matchplay Madness two weeks prior, while five of the seven ended at .500 or better.
• First-year Elizabeth Wang is averaging rounds under par this season, leading the team at 71.90 strokes per 18 holes, including two rounds in the 60s. She was crowned the Ivy League Individual Champion April 21.
• Seniors Anna Zhou and Michelle Xie and first-years Anina Ku and Chloe Royston join Wang with top-10 outings this season. Ku and Xie have each played a team-leading 16 rounds of stroke play, averaging 74.3 and 76.1 strokes per 18, respectively.
• Xie joined a select group with three All-Ivy League selections, as she landed on the second team in 2019. She is the third Harvard golfer to accomplish the feat.
Feature: Women's Golf's Mentorship Program
The low six teams and low three individuals (not on those teams) from each of the four regionals will advance to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, taking place May 17-22 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.