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Ivies Conclude Regular-Season Play

Ivies Conclude Regular-Season Play

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivies combined for seven team titles and seven individual medalist honors during the 2016-17 women's golf regular season. The seven programs will face off at the 2017 Ivy League Women's Golf Championship on April 21-23 at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., to determine the Ivy League champion.

The Bears opened their spring campaign on Feb. 20 with their best round of the season, shooting 299 to outpace Florida Atlantic and Lehigh in the FAU Winter Warmup. Sophomore Elizabeth Doykan carded a two-under par 70 to earn individual medalist honors. Brown also competed at the Babs Steffens Invitational on March 25-27 and the Harvard Invitational on April 1-2. Led by junior Sienna Chapman at +21 (76-82-79—237), Brown placed 11th at Stetson's Babs Steffens Invitational with a three-round total of +117 (335-325-321—981). The Bears then placed eighth at the Harvard Invitational at +87 (311-314-326—951). Doykan again paced the Brown contingent with a +20 (77-80-79­—236) to finish tied for 28th in the 44-golfer field. Brown senior Christine Kim is one of five Ivies to break 70 this season and paces all Bear golfers with a 78.17 scoring average—20th in the Ivy League.

Senior Jackie Chulya finished +9 (77-74-74—225) to lead the Lions to a 10th-place finish at +57 (308-307-306—921) at the 3M Augusta Invitational from March 17-19. The placing was the fifth-straight top 10 team score for Columbia this season. That streak was snapped at the Clemson Invitational on March 31-April 2, where the Lions placed 16th at +53 (304-308-305). Freshman Ridhima Dilawari carded a +12 (75-74-79—228) to led the Columbia squad. The Lions rounded out regular-season action with another top 10 finish, placing seventh at +53 (305-308-304—917) at the Hoya Invitational on April 10-11. Freshman Emily Chu finished fifth at +8 (76-74-74—224) to pace the Columbia contingent. On the year, both Chulya (3rd, 74.50) and Dilawari (7th, 75.50) rank among the top 10 Ivy League golfers based on scoring average. Columbia is the Ivy League's top-ranked team at No. 99 in the latest Golfstat report. 

Dartmouth opened its spring campaign with a fourth-place finish at Stetson's Babs Steffens Invitational on March 25-27. The Big Green shot +36 (304-297-299—900), which was highlighted by a third-place effort from senior Jamie Susanin who carded a +5 (71-76-74—221). At the Harvard Invitational on April 1-2, Dartmouth carded a +76 (321-316-303—940) to place seventh and earn its sixth-straight top 10 finish. The Big Green were led by sophomore Catharine Roddy, who tied for 13th with a +13 (80-75-74—229). Dartmouth wrapped up its regular-season with its seventh-straight top 10 finish at the Navy Spring Invitational on April 8-9, placing third at +65 (331-310—641). Junior Jessica Kittelberger had a fourth-place showing at +13 (82-75—157). Roddy leads all Dartmouth golfers with a 77.14 scoring average on the season, good for 14th in the Ivy League.

After opening the spring campaign with an informal match at Lynn University, Harvard hosted seven other teams in the Harvard Invitational on April 1-2 in Sarasota, Fla. Led by individual medalist sophomore Michelle Xie, who shot -1 (76-71-68—215), the Crimson placed third at +41 (311-295-299—905). Harvard concluded its regular season with its third event title of the year, pacing the 12-team field at the Navy Spring Invitational on April 8-9. The Crimson shot back-to-back 310s to finish +44 (310-310—620). Xie (77-75—152) and sophomore Anna Zhou (74-78—152) each were +8 through two rounds to share individual medalists honors. On the season, both Xie (2nd, 74.00) and Zhou (4th, 75.00) claim top five scoring averages in the Ivy League. The duo are the only Ivies to claim multiple individual medalist awards this season. Xie owns a League-high three event titles, while Zhou is second with a pair of event wins.

The Quakers finished 17th at the Kingsmill Women's Intercollegiate on March 27-28 with a team score of +83 (322-309-316—947) to open the spring campaign. Senior Isabella Rahm was Penn's low scorer at +12 (76-73-79—228) to place 24th. Penn improved at the Harvard Invitational on April 1-2, shooting +50 (301-317-296—914) to place fifth. The Quakers final round 296 was the team's best score since the 2014 Ivy League Women's Golf Championship. Rahm once again led the Quakers with a seventh-place finish at +10 (74-80-72—226). In its final regular-season event—the Hoya Invitational—Penn shot +51 (309-299-307—915) to place sixth, while freshman Christina Park carded a +9 (76-75-74) to lead all Quakers. Both Rahm (8th, 75.78) and Park (9th, 75.85) rank among the top 10 Ivy League golfers based on scoring average.

The Tigers opened the spring season with a runner-up finish at the rain-shortened Sacramento State Invitational, shooting +23 (303-296—599). Senior Hana Ku paced the Princeton contingent with a +2 (76-70—146) to place fourth. Princeton then picked up its lone event win of the season at the Harvard Invitational, outpacing five other Ivies with a program-record 54-hole score of 894 (+30, 299-296-299). Sophomore Amber Wang led the Tigers as the individual runner-up at +4 (73-72-75—220). A third place finish at the Hoya Invitational wrapped up the Tigers regular season. Princeton shot +46 (309-298-303—910), while freshman Alison Chang shot + 9 (75-77-73—225) to tie for eighth. Princeton boasts the Ivy League's lowest scoring average at 301.53 as a team and claims three top 10 golfers in the League in Wang (5th, 75.44), Ku (6th, 75.53) and senior Jordan Lippetz (10th, 76.08).  

Yale finished seventh with a team score of +32 (310-298—608) at the Southern Utah Invitational from March 16-17 to open its spring campaign. Junior Jennifer Peng paced the Bulldogs, carding a -1 (72-71—143) to tie for fourth individually. The Bulldogs then fell to USC, UNLV, Iowa and San Francisco in the March Mayhem at The Farms bracket-style tournament on March 20-21. In April, Yale earned a pair of top 10 finishes at the Harvard Invitational and the Hoya Invitational. The Bulldogs placed sixth at the Harvard Invitational at +64 (311-313-304—928) and fourth at the Hoya Invitational at +49 (300-305-308—913). Peng finished 13th at the Harvard Invitational at +13 (76-79-74—229) and was the runner-up at the Hoya Invitational, carding a +4 (70-72-78—220). She boasts the best scoring average in the Ivy League at 72.94, which is No. 80 in NCAA Division I, and owns the League's low round of 66 this season.