NORTHFIELD, N.J. - The Penn women's golf team had the best team score on Saturday, and as a result the Quakers are tied with Yale as they look to defend their Ivy League Championships team title from a year ago.
Penn shot an 18-over-par 306 on Saturday, which was two shots better than Princeton, three ahead of Harvard, and four ahead of Yale. For the tournament, both the Quakers and the Bulldogs are at 44-over-par 620 heading into Sunday's final round. That is two strokes ahead of third-place Harvard and 12 ahead of Princeton.
Freshman Rui Li had another strong round on Saturday, and continues to be in contention for the individual title after she shot a 75. Li was at even par after nine holes, with birdies at No. 3 and No. 9 offsetting a double bogey at No. 5. Bogeys at Nos. 10 and 11, and another at No. 14, got her off the pace, but she steadied herself and shot even par on the last four holes. As a result, Li is tied for second in the 35-player field with Harvard's Mia Kabasakalis at 151. That is six shots off the pace being set by Columbia freshman Michelle Piyapattra.
Penn's other freshmen, Michelle Lee, came out blazing on Saturday, and enters Sunday's final round tied for sixth overall at 11-over-par 155. She had a bogey at No. 7, but followed up with birdies at both No. 8 and No. 9 to put her 1-under par at the turn. The freshman had a bogey at No. 10, then three in a row from Nos. 13-15, but a birdie at No. 16 seemed to settle her down and she came into the clubhouse at 2-over-par 74 for the day. That was the Quakers' low individual score for the day.
Tiffany Cheung finished the day at 7-over-par 79. The highlights came with birdies at No. 3 and No. 13, and she never went above bogey on any hole Saturday. The junior is tied for ninth overall at 158.
Isabel Han shot a 9-over-par 81 on Saturday. The sophomore, who finished second at this event a year ago, had four bogeys on the front nine, a double bogey at No. 10, and bogeys on each of the last three holes. She enters Sunday's final round at 159, which is tied for 13th.
Elizabeth Kresock had an outstanding day for the Quakers and ended up as the team's No. 3 scorer for the round. After bogeys at No. 1 and No. 3, the sophomore came back with a birdie at No. 5. There were a smattering of bogeys the rest of the way, but when the day was over Kresock had carded a 6-over-par 78. She is tied for 23rd at 162 after two rounds.
Penn will tee off with Harvard and Yale on Sunday morning, closing out the tournament with the final five tee times. Kresock will tee off at 8:50 a.m.; Han will go off at 8:58; Cheung will tee off at 9:06; Lee will tee off at 9:14; and Li will be part of the final group, teeing off at 9:22 a.m.