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GALLOWAY, N.J. -- All seven Ivy League women's golf teams will descend upon the Jersey Shore for the fourth time in the past five seasons, but for the first time the event will take place at the Seaview Golf Resort in Galloway, N.J. From April 27-29, the League will compete for the title on the par-71, 6,011-yard course.
Yale took home the 2011 championship, holding off Harvard to win by four strokes. The Crimson hopes to find the winning touch that gave it back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009, while Princeton hopes to win its first title since 2005. But the past three years have seen three different teams win the championship, including the first-ever title for Penn in 2010, and the other six teams hope the odds are in their favor. Brown and Dartmouth are looking for their first League Championship in their programs' history.
Six of the 2011 top-11 performers return, including Yale's Seo Hee Moon, last season's Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year, and Columbia's Michelle Piyapattra, who was the only golfer to shoot under par en route to the 2011 individual championship.
Other returners include Penn sophomore Michelle Lee and Princeton sophomore Kelly Shon, who tied for fifth in 2011. Shon won the Low Country Intercollegiate on March 25-26 to become the first Princeton medalist in a tournament since Susannah Aboff won the Ivy League Championship in 2009.
The final two regular-season tournaments before the Ivy League Championship showcased all seven League teams. Brown, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton and Yale competed in the Brown Invitational in Providence, R.I., and Columbia, Dartmouth and Harvard faced off in the Lions' ROAR-EE Invitational in Suffern, N.Y.
In the Brown Invitational, the home team placed second with a team score of 314-320--634, followed by Penn in third (320-317--637), Yale in fourth (329-313--642) and Dartmouth in fifth (326-238--654).
The Big Green also competed in the sixth-annual ROAR-EE Invitational, tying for sixth-place with a team score of 638 (316-322). Harvard won the event by carding a 600 (306-294) and the host squad placed second with a 606 (309-297). Columbia's Piyapattra edged Harvard senior Jane Lee by one stroke to win the individual title; the two golfers are expected to compete for the Ivy League championship as well.
The Crimson's success in 2011-12 has a direct correlation to the play of freshman Tiffany Lim, who is ranked third in the League by Golfstat. Dartmouth also has a freshman in the mix for Rookie of the Year, as Jane Lee has paced the team in six of its seven events this season, including the Dartmouth Invitational in which she tied for second. Not to be outdone, Brown freshman Stephanie Hsieh has twice gone to playoffs for the individual title, winning the Richmond Invitational but losing in the Lehigh Invitational.