Women's Golf Looking For Ivy Title This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's golf program is on the precipice of uncharted waters this weekend, looking to contend for a team title at the Ivy League Championships. The 54-hole event begins Friday and continues through Sunday at the famed Baltusrol course in northern New Jersey.

At the very least, Penn is looking to top its best overall finish -- third place in 2005. At the most? How about a team title? Based on results from this season, most recently at last weekend's Roar-EE Invitational, it's not a far-fetched proposition. The Quakers have finished fifth at Ivies each of the last three years.

The Quakers' lineup will once again feature the senior triumvirate of Catherine Elliott, Meredith Kotowski and Lisette Vitter, as well as sophomore Tiffany Cheung and freshman Isabel Han. And why wouldn't head coach Mark Anderson roll those five out? It worked last weekend, when the Quakers finished second at Columbia's Ivy-heavy Roar-EE Invitational.

"The team is very excited about the Ivy League Championship at Baltusrol," said Anderson, who is in his second year. "We feel we have a legitimate chance to win the event.Our second-place finish last week at Columbia gave us a great boost of confidence and showed the women that they are one of the best teams in the Ivy League.Our team has a great mix of experience and young talent. The three seniors on our team have played in more than 90 collegiate events between the three of them and have a total of seven top-10 finishes this season.Add in a sophomore and a freshman with five top-10s between them and we have a very deep team, and any one of them could finish near the top at Ivies."

Anderson is also excited to see how his senior trio fares in what could be their final event wearing the Red and Blue.

"I am very happy for Catherine, Meredith and Lisette, and the opportunity they have this weekend," he said. "They have been the foundation of Penn golf for the past four years and are finally seeing their hard work pay off.They are enjoying the best season in team history, and I would love to see them become the first team ever at Penn to win an Ivy League championship in women's golf. They are all great competitors, and although they will be sad to play in their last regular season event for Penn, I know they will be able to play their best when it matters most.I have really enjoyed being their coach for the past two years, and I will be sad to see them go.They can be proud to know that they were part of the team that put Penn women's golf near the top of the Ivy League."