PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn women's golf team took third out of 12 teams at the season-opening Princeton Women's Invitational, a 54-hole event that took place Saturday and Sunday at the par-72 Springdale Golf Club near the Princeton campus.
The Quakers shot 310 in Saturday's first round, but recovered with a 298 Saturday afternoon and then a 299 on Sunday to finish at 907, 43 shots over par. That was the program record for best score over a 54-hole event. Yale won the event, shooting 302-292-302--896 to finish three shots ahead of host Princeton. Of the other Ivies in the event, Harvard was sixth with a three-round 920 while Columbia was seventh with a three-round 938.
Individually, Michelle Lee certainly made an impression in her first collegiate tournament -- the freshman shot 75-74-73--222 to tie for fourth overall. She was followed closely by sophomore Isabel Han, who shot 76-73-75--224 and tied for sixth overall. Another freshman, Rui Li, carded 81-73-77--231 and tied for 20th. Sophomore Tiffany Cheung (83-80-74--237) and freshman Olivia Chang (78-78-81--237) tied for 32nd overall. Sophomore Elizabeth Kresock competed as an individual, and placed 39th overall at 82-81-77--240. Overall, 65 golfers competed in the event.
"I was proud of how we played," said head coach Mark Anderson. "There were a few first-round jitters and double bogies, but once the team settled down they were very solid. I was impressed that we were able to improve our position each round -- from sixth to fourth to third -- and the women seemed very comfortable over the last two rounds. Now that we have completed our first tournament, we have a clearer picture of what everyone needs to work on."
Yale's Seo Hee Moon won medalist honors, carding 74-68-71--213 to finish at 3-under par and five strokes ahead of Princeton's Kelly Shon, who placed second.
Penn will be at Yale's fall tournament, the Yale Invitational, this Saturday and Sunday.