BEALLSVILLE, Md. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s golf team kept up its solid play in its first spring event of the 2013-14 season, sweeping the individual and team titles at the 2014 Hoya Invitational Tuesday afternoon. The 36-hole tournament was held on the par-72 The Members Club at Four Streams.
As a team, Penn followed up Monday’s 309 with a solid 298 on Tuesday. That two-round total of 607 was enough to keep the Quakers ahead of second-place Michigan, which also shot 298 on Tuesday and finished the event at 611. Penn and Michigan were the only teams to break 300 on Tuesday, as Yale’s 306 kept the Bulldogs in third place (620).
“I was very impressed with how well the entire team played,” said head coach Mark Anderson. “It was a true team effort. I was particularly happy that we won the tournament with four freshmen who had never played the course before the first round. It was a great way to start the spring, and we will look to take this momentum into our next three events.”
Individually, junior Amanda Chin shot 1-under-par 71 on Tuesday, totaling 145 for the tournament which earned her medalist honors in the 86-player field. Chin’s second round -- which was the low for the entire tournament -- placed her five shots ahead of Michigan’s Lauren Grogan (75-75--150) and Yale’s See Hee Moon (78-72--150).
“Amanda played great, and I was happy to see her win her first full-field tournament,” said Anderson. “She was so close last year, shooting 69 in the final round and missing out by one shot.”
Marissa Kay shot a 76 on Tuesday, while Sophia Chen carded a 79. As a result, they tied for eighth place with each other, both totaling 154 for the tournament. Erin Lo shaved seven strokes off her score from Monday to Tuesday, carding a second-round 75 to finish tied for 18th at 157, while Isabella Rahm improved her score by eight strokes from the first round to the second, shooting 76 on Tuesday to tie for 24th at 160.
“Our 4 and 5 players really came through today in the final round,” said Anderson. “Isabella and Erin improved a great deal from the first round, and that was a huge boost for the team. Sophia played great in Round 1, and Marissa was solid today with a birdie on the last hole.”
Penn returns to action this Saturday and Sunday, competing in Seton Hall’s Pirate Invitational in Bedminster, N.J.