PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's golf team enjoyed another solid season in 2011-12 under head coach Mark Anderson, nearly capping it off with its second Ivy League Championships team title in three years despite a lineup ravaged by injuries.
The Quakers had an up-and-down fall season, with the highlights coming at the Princeton Invitational and the Harvard Invitational. At Harvard, Penn finished first out of seven Ivy League teams, while at Princeton the Quakers were fifth out of 12 teams.
The spring portion of the season began with the C&F Bank Intercollegiate, hosted by William & Mary. Led by freshman Amanda Chin, who finished fifth overall, Penn was fifth out of 21 teams. Senior Tiffany Cheung also had a top-10 finish, tying for ninth overall.
Next up was Georgetown's Hoya Invitational, where Penn took fifth out of 11 squads as Cheung and junior Isabel Han tied for seventh overall. That was followed by the Brown Invitational, where Penn was third out of nine teams as Han finished third overall and Chin was sixth.
The stage was set for Penn to storm the field at the Ivy League Championships, but injuries to lineup regulars Cheung and junior Elizabeth Kresock seemed to derail the Quakers' title hopes.
So what happened? Han played about as well as she can play, finishing second in the tournament to Harvard's Bonnie Hu to earn her second career first-team All-Ivy honor. Chin, playing her first championship tournament at Penn, finished sixth overall and earned second-team All-Ivy. Olivia Chang, normally near the bottom of the Quakers' lineup, rallied and was third among Penn players, tying for 12th overall. Michelle Lee, who had missed a majority of the spring season, came back and tied for 15th overall. Libby Hooton provided steady play and tied for fourth among Penn players in two of her three rounds.
It all added up to a second-place finish, six strokes behind Harvard. It also provided a confidence boost for some underclassmen as they look ahead to 2012-13.
Chin was the revelation this year; the freshman played all 22 tournament rounds and led Penn with a 78.3 stroke average. Han was her usual reliable self all year long; the junior had a 78.8 stroke average over 22 tournament rounds (she and Chin were the only Penn players to play every tournament). In her final season, the senior captain Cheung's injury before Ivies was a cruel blow -- she played every other event in 2011-12, with a 78.4 stroke average for 19 rounds. Lee had a 79.0 stroke average in 17 tournament rounds, while Chang finished the year with an 83.7 stroke average in 16 rounds.