Women's Golf Finishes Fourth at Ivy Championships


HAMBURG, N.J. - The call was made at 10:10 a.m. Sunday to cancel the final round of the Ivy League Women's Golf Championships. With that decision, the Penn women claimedfourth out of seven teams with an84-over par score.

Due to inclement weather throughout the day Saturday, the first day of the tournament was shortened from 36 to 27 holes on the par-72, 5852-yard Great Gorge CC. Sunday's final round was cancelled, giving the Quakers fourth place.

Yale won the team title; the Bulldogs were 56-over par andwon by six strokesover second-place Harvard. Princeton was third, three strokes behind the Crimson. Penn's score was two shots better than fifth-place Columbia and six strokes ahead of sixth-place Brown.

Among Penn's players, senior Kim Thompson led the way. She shot a career-best 79 in the first round, then went 6-over par in her nine-hole round for a score of +13 which tied her for third overall and earned her first-team All-Ivy honors. Sophomore Meg Bender finished one stroke behind her and tied for sixth overall -- also earning first-team All-Ivy -- after shooting 80 in the first round and going 6-over par in her nine-hole round.

"I am very, very happy for Kim and also proud of Meg," said head coach Francis Vaughn. "We entered this event having had just two All-Ivy players in the program's history, and thanks to them we have now doubled that total.

"For Kim, this was her last hurrah and she made the most of it," he continued. "She played very well, and put it all together in her final college round. She showed the leadership of a captain all day. I think they were both surprised at how their scores held up after the first round, but it gave them a shot of confidence and they rolled with it into their final nine-hole rounds."

Megan Bradytied for 24th overall; the senior went for an 88 in the first round Saturday and then came back to shoot 10-over par in her nine-hole round. Nicole Kouch, meanwhile, shot 94 in the first round and then 10-over par in her nine-hole round; and Stephanie Stamas fired a 95 in the first round but came back to score for the Quakers in the nine-hole round by going 9-over par.

Harvard's Emily Balmert won medalist honors; she shot 76 in the first round Saturday and then went 3-over par in the afternoonto finish7-over par. It marked the first time since the tournament began in 1997 that a player from Yale or Princeton did not win the individual title. Yale's Cindy Shin, the defending champion,went +10 for the tournament, three strokes behind Balmert, and Yale's January Romero and Brown's Blythe Crane tied with Thompson for third place.