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Women's Golf Spring Season Tees Off

Princeton sophomore Kelly Shon
Princeton sophomore Kelly Shon

Photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- All seven Ivy League women’s golf teams have opened their 2012 spring campaigns, as the Ancient Eight work towards the Ivy League Championships on April 27-29 at the Seaview Bay Course in Galloway, N.J.

Princeton kicked off the spring season with the Miami Hurricane Invitational in Miami on March 5-6. Sophomore Kelly Shon tied for 10th out of 85 golfers with a 230 (74-77-79). Yale was the next Ivy team to open its season, playing in the Rio Verde Invitational in Rio Verde, Ariz., from March 10-12. The Bulldogs placed 14th in the event and were led by sophomore Sun Gyoung Park’s 228. Park tied for 14th overall thanks to a final day tally of 74, Yale’s lowest round during the three-day tournament.

Columbia sophomore Michelle Piyapattra opened the Fresno State Lexus Classic with a two-under par 70 and carded a 73 in the final round of the to finish in third-place out of 75 competitors with a 220 (70-77-73). Piyapattra finished five strokes off the lead. The Lions placed 13th as a team, but then followed that with a second-place performance in the Monterey Bay Invitational in Monterey, Calif. on March 18-20. The Lions finished three strokes out of first with a team score of 321-309-300 -- 930. Sophomore Jane Dong carded a 230 (78-77-75) to tie for sixth-place overall.

Dartmouth placed sixth in the Homewood Suites Siena Invitational at Port St. Lucie, Fla., which concluded on March 17. Freshman Jane Lee bounced back from an opening round 78 to shoot a 74 in the final round and tie for third. Harvard defeated three-time defending Division II national champion Nova Southeastern, 311-322, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on March 15. Freshman Tiffany Lim shot a 75 to lead the Crimson.

Penn recorded back-to-back fifth-place finishes to open its season. The Quakers were just the second team to shoot under 300 in a single round in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va., carding a 299 on the final day of the event. Freshman Amanda Chin (79-75-73 -- 227) placed fifth out of 106 golfers to lead Penn. In the Hoya Invitational in Beallsville, Md., senior Tiffany Cheung (78-83-74 -- 235) and junior Isabel Han (80-79-76 -- 235) tied for seventh overall. Yale also competed in the Hoya Invitational, placing eighth. Park again led the Bulldogs, this time tying for 13th-place with a 240 (84-78-78).

After falling at Jacksonville on March 22, 313-335, Princeton joined Brown to compete in the Low Country Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C. The Bears tied for ninth with a team score of 646, while the Tigers came in one stroke behind, placing 11th with a 647. Shon carded a 149 (75-74) to tie for the individual title. She became the first Princeton medalist in a tournament since 2009, when Susannah Aboff won the Ivy League Championship.

Brown then took part in the Marsh Landing Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., placing fifth out of 10 teams. Senior Megan Tuohy finished with a three-round score of 232 (78-80-74) to place 18th individually.

Five of the seven teams will get a taste of the Ivy League Championship when they compete in the Brown Invitational on April 8-9 at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I.