Women's Golf Competes for Crown at Historic Baltusrol This Weekend
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- The Ivy League Women's Golf Championship returns to Baltusrol this weekend. Four years ago, the Penn Quakers made history with their only Ivy League title in women's golf.
This year, Harvard looks to become the first to win three-straight titles after winning at Seaview and Trump National the last two years. Last year's one-shot victory for Harvard came down to the final hole and with three Ivy teams ranked in Golfstat's Top 100, this year's event could be just as close.
Here is a quick look at each of the teams vying for the Ivy League Championship this weekend:
The Bears are looking for their first-ever title. Brown finished fourth out of 13 teams at its home event two weeks ago. Battling 40-mph wind gusts, the Bears carded a 36-hole total of 659.
Stephanie Hsieh placed seventh in that tournament. She is also Brown's top rated golfer in the Golfstat rankings, sitting at 26th in the Ivy League.
The Lions hope to use the momentum of their win at the Pirate Invite earlier this month to win their first Ivy title since 2007. Columbia is the third-rated Ivy team in the Golfstat rankings and sits at No. 87 nationally.
Michelle Piyapattra, who earned co-medalist honors at the Pirate Invite, is the third-rated golfer in the League according to Golfstat. She also won the Bucknell Invitational last fall. Piyapattra won the Ivy's individual title in 2011 at Atlantic City.
The Big Green placed sixth at the Brown Bear Invitational two weeks ago, led by junior Jane Lee. She is 24th in the League in the Golfstat ratings and teammate Sarah Knapp is 25th. Knapp finished 16th at the Ivy League Championship last year.
The Crimson can certainly be considered a favorite to become the League's first three-peat. Harvard has won four events this season and is the top-rated Ivy in the Golfstat ratings, sitting at No. 62 nationally.
The Crimson have five golfers in the Top 12 of the League's Golfstat ratings, led by freshman Anne Cheng at No. 2. Christine Lin also returns a year after finishing second in the Ivy Championship, losing on the first playoff hole. She is 12th in the Golfstat ratings.
Bonnie Hu won the individual title in 2012 at Seaview and placed sixth last year. She sits eighth in the Golfstat ratings.
The Quakers, who won this event the last time it was at Baltusrol, could be a sleeper pick this year. Penn has a first, two seconds and a third-place finish this season, although they sit fifth in the Golfstat ratings among Ivies and at No. 118 overall.
Amanda Chin placed seventh in the Ivy League Championship last year and was the first-day leader. She is Penn's top-rated golfer according to Golfstat at 15th in the League. Freshman teammate Marissa Kay is right behind in 16th. Chin has three Top 5 finishes this season and Kay has one, as well. Sophia Chen, who won the Delaware Invitational last fall, is rated 20th.
The Tigers narrowly missed their first Ivy League Championship since 2005 last year. But while it has been nine years since its last title, Princeton has been in the top three in six of the last eight events and is always a contender.
Kelly Shon, last year's individual champion and the 2013 Ivy League Player of the Year, is the Ivy's top-rated golfer according to Golfstat. She went on to become just the second player in League history to qualify for the NCAA Championship and earned All-American honorable mention. She will try to become the third woman in League history to win consecutive individual crowns, joining former Tigers Avery Kiser and Susannah Aboff.
Freshman Hana Ku is rated fifth in the League as the Tigers have four of the Top 14 according to Golfstat.
Yale goes in search of its eighth all-time Ivy League title. The Bulldogs won five of the first seven titles from 1997-2003. Yale last won this event in 2011 at Atlantic City CC and has finished third the last two seasons.
The Bulldogs are rated second in the League according to Golfstat and No. 73 overall. Yale has three tournament wins this season and hasn't finished lower than third at an event. In their last outing, Yale was second behind Columbia at the Pirate Invite.
Seo Hee Moon, who finished fifth a year ago, is rated 11th. She finished tied for third with teammate Sandy Wongwaiwate at the Pirate Invite. Wongwaiwat is sixth in the Golfstat ratings.