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April 29, 2012

Harvard Holds Off Penn to Take 2012 Ivy League Women's Golf Crown

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GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Harvard held off Penn to win its first Ivy League women's golf title since 2009 and its third overall, finishing with a three-day team score of 952. The Quakers placed second with a final tally of 958. Yale (962), Columbia (972), Brown (985), Princeton (1,015) and Dartmouth (1,029) rounded out the scoring.

The Crimson carded a 312 on the final day of competition to fend off the Quakers, who tallied a 315. Harvard sophomore Bonnie Hu led after the first day of the event and did not let up, shooting a 77-73-75--225 to claim the individual title, the first for a Crimson player since Emily Blamert in 2006.

All five Harvard players placed among the top-15, including freshman Tiffany Lim (ninth, 83-78-80--241), senior Jane Lee (t-10th, 86-82-76--244), freshman Brenna Nelson (t-12th, 86-78-82--246) and senior Christine Cho (t-15th, 87-79-81--247). The Crimson receives the League's automatic NCAA Tournament berth and will compete in the regionals on May 10-12. The Championship will take place on May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

Hu earned first-team All-Ivy status thanks to her first-place finish. She was joined on the team by Penn junior Isabel Han (81-72-77--230), Yale sophomore Sun Gyoung Park (78-77-76--231), Columbia sophomore Michelle Piyapattra (80-73-80--233) and Brown freshman Stephanie Hsieh (82-75-77--234).

One year after winning the individual title, Piyapattra was named the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year after a vote by the League's coaches. Harvard's Lim was a unanimous decision for Rookie of the Year.

Harvard posted the best scores in rounds two and three en route to its come-from-behind victory over Penn. Hu led the way with 10 birdies over the three days, including one on the final hole to ice her individual title.  Han's 72 on Saturday proved to be the lowest round of the tournament.

54-Hole Team Totals
1.    Harvard (332-308-312--952)
2.    Penn (326-317-315--958)
3.    Yale (328-316-318--962)
4.    Columbia (338-311-323--972)
5.    Brown (345-327-313--985)
6.    Princeton (355-335-325--1,015)
7.    Dartmouth (345-348-336--1,029)

Individual Top-11
1.    Bonnie Hu, Harvard (77-73-75--225)*
2.    Isabel Han, Penn (81-72-77--230)*
3.    Sun Gyoung Park, Yale (78-77-76--231)*
4.    Michelle Piyapattra, Columbia (80-73-80--233)*
5.    Stephanie Hsieh, Brown (82-75-77--234)*
6.    Amanda Chin, Penn (79-82-74--235)^
7.    Kelly Shon, Princeton (85-76-75--236)^
8.    Seo Hee Moon, Yale (85-75-78--238)^
9.    Tiffany Lim, Harvard (83-78-80--241)^
10.  Ahram (Jane) Lee, Dartmouth (81-82-81--244)^
11.  Jane Lee, Harvard (86-82-76--244)^

*-First-Team All-Ivy
^-Second-Team All-Ivy

2012 Ivy League Player of the Year
Michelle Piyapattra, Columbia, So. (Corona, Calif.)

2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year#
Tiffany Lim, Harvard, Fr. (San Jose, Calif.)

#-Unanimous decision