PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s golf team is ready to tee off on the 2015-16 season this weekend, competing in Navy’s Chesapeake Bay Invitational.
The 54-hole event will take place on the Naval Academy Golf Course, which will play to par 72 for the weekend. The teams will begin with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on both Saturday and Sunday; they are scheduled to play 36 holes on Saturday, and a final 18 on Sunday.
Penn finished second out of 15 teams a year ago, and junior Isabella Rahm brought home medalist honors. In the process, she set Naval Academy Golf Course records for lowest round (71) and lowest 54-hole score (219).
Eleven teams will compete for the team and individual titles this time around, including Penn and Dartmouth representing the Ivy League. The other teams in the field include the hosts, The Citadel, Delaware State, Hofstra, Longwood, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, Towson, and Wagner.
Amanda Chin, a four-year stalwart in Penn’s lineup, has graduated. However, everyone else is back, and eighth-year head coach Mark Anderson has added a strong freshman class. For this opening tournament, Anderson’s lineup includes Rahm and fellow juniors Sophia Chen and Erin Lo, as well as newcomers Rachel Dai and Janet Zhang. Sophomore Tiffany Yau will also make the trip, and play the event as an individual.
“The team has had a solid three weeks to prepare for our first event, and I feel confident that they will come out strong in our first event this fall,” said Anderson. “With the addition of Rachel and Janet this year, we will have more depth in our lineup this season.With three juniors in our starting five this week, we will have a lot of experience to help us contend for the title at Navy. I expect a few of our players to contend for the individual title as well.”