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Harvard Holds On to Win Third-Straight Women's Golf Championship

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- The Harvard women's golf team won the Ivy League Championship for the third-straight year, finishing 36 over par with a 900 after three days of play at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

It marks the first three-peat in Ivy League women's golf history as the Crimson (297-297-306--900) went wire-to-wire to win its fifth overall title, all in the past seven seasons. Harvard's final tally is the second-best three-day score in Ivy League history, trailing only the 890 the Crimson shot at Atlantic City Country Club in 2008.

Princeton (305-307-309--921) finished in second, followed by Columbia (316-300-313--929), Yale (312-300-318--930), Penn (320-295-325--940), Dartmouth (326-327-327--980) and Brown (343-330-336--1,009).

Harvard posted the best rounds on two of the three days, including a 306 on Sunday to hold on for the victory.

Four Crimson finished among the top-10 on the individual side, including the individual champion, freshman Anne Cheng. Cheng (70-72-75--217) finished one over par to hold off a late charge by last year's champion, Princeton senior Kelly Shon (75-77-70--222), who carded a 70 to move from tied for eighth-place at the start of the day to second by the end.

Cheng is the third Crimson to finish in first-place and the first since Bonnie Hu in 2012, while Shon earned her fourth-straight All-Ivy honor and second-consecutive berth on the first team.

The top five finishers earned first-team All-Ivy, meaning Yale freshman Elisabeth Bernabe (71-75-80--226), Harvard junior Tiffany Lim (80-70-77--227) and Columbia senior Michelle Piyapattra (80-72-75--227) all received the honor.

Two Crimson found their way onto the All-Ivy second team in senior Bonnie Hu (75-79-76--230) and sophomore Christine Lin (75-77-78--230). For Hu, it marks her third-straight All-Ivy performance. Yale junior Marika Liu (80-70-78--228) and Princeton freshman Hana Ku (77-74-79--230) also earned second team accolades.

After a vote by the seven League coaches, Kelly Shon was named Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season, and Anne Cheng received Rookie of the Year. She is the third-straight Crimson to earn the award.

Harvard earns the League's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals, which will take place May 15-17. The 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships selections will be announced live on Monday, April 28 during Golf Central, Golf Channel's daily signature news show, with dedicated segments airing that evening from 6-7 p.m. ET.

Player of the Year: Kelly Shon, Princeton (Sr. – Port Washington, N.Y.)
Rookie of the Year: Anne Cheng, Harvard (Fr. – Torrance, Calif.)

TEAM RESULTS
1. Harvard, 297-297-306--900 (+36)
2. Princeton, 305-307-309-921 (+57)
3. Columbia, 316-300-313---929 (+65)
4. Yale, 312-300-318--930 (+66)
5. Penn, 320-295-325--940 (+76)
6. Dartmouth, 326-327-327--980 (+116)
7. Brown, 343-330-336--1,009 (+145)

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1. Anne Cheng, Harvard (+1, 70-72-75--217)^
2. Kelly Shon, Princeton (+6, 75-77-70--222)^
3. Elisabeth Bernabe, Yale (+10, 71-75-80--226)^
T4. Michelle Piyapattra, Columbia (+11, 80-72-75--227)^
T4. Tiffany Lim, Harvard (+11, 80-70-77--227)^
6. Marika Liu, Yale (+12, 80-70-78--228)#
T7. Erin Lo, Penn (+14, 76-74-80--230)#
T7. Bonnie Hu, Harvard (+14, 75-79-76--230)#
T7. Christine Lin, Harvard (+14, 75-77-78--230)#
T7. Hana Ku, Princeton (+14,77-74-79--230)#

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^ First Team All-Ivy
# Second Team All-Ivy