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ORLANDO, Fla. – The 2017 Ivy League Women’s Golf Championship tees off at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. This is the first time that the three-day, 54-hole championship event will be contested at the 6,100-yard, par-72 club.

2016 RECAP
Harvard will look to extend its unprecedented winning streak to six straight championships. Last year, the Crimson totaled 919 over the three days to fend off the Tigers, who at one point on the final day even the score, but were unable to complete the comeback.

Yale’s Jennifer Peng went wire-to-wire to win the individual title, totaling 225 (72-74-79) to finish one stroke ahead of Harvard’s Anne Cheng. Peng became the fifth Bulldog to place first overall at the 2016 Ivy League Championship.

TEAM LEADERBOARD
1. Harvard 302-312-305--919 (+43)
2. Princeton 310-310-312--932 (+56)
3. Yale 313-317-318--948 (+72)
4. Columbia 318-320-318--956 (+80)
5. Brown 331-318-320--969 (+93)
6. Penn 325-329-322--977 (+101)
7. Dartmouth 331-324-333--987 (+111) 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD

1.

Jennifer Peng, Yale

72-74-79--225 (+6)

2.

Anne Cheng, Harvard

76-73-77--226 (+7)

3.

Michelle Xie, Harvard

75-79-74--228 (+9)

4.

Christine Kim, Brown

79-74-78--231 (+12)

4.

Hana Ku, Princeton

80-74-77--231 (+12)

6.

Christine Lin, Harvard

76-80-76--232 (+13)

6.

Amber Wang, Princeton

 
 

BROWN
Brown comes to the weekend looking to improve upon its fifth-place finish a year ago.Brown is led by Senior Christine Kim  and sophomore Elizabeth Doykan. 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. Doykan led the Brown contingent at the Harvard Invitational to finished tied for 28th in the 44-golfer field.

COLUMBIA
Columbia enters the weekend at No. 99 in the Golfstat rankings with a scoring average of 303.25, second-best in the league. The Lions are led by the 2016 Ivy League Player of the Year Jackie Chulya who owns a team-low 74.50 stroke average and six top-25 finishes in 2016-17. Freshman Ridhima Dilawari ranks second on the squad in stroke average at 75.50 and has placed among the top-25 in three events this season.

DARTMOUTH
Dartmouth will look to improve upon its seventh-place finish at the 2016 Ivy League Championships. The Big Green wrapped up its regular season with its seventh-straight top 10 finish at the Navy Spring Invitational. Dartmouth is led by sophomore Catharine Roddy, who leads all Big Green golfers with a 77.14 scoring average on the season, good for 14th in the Ivy League.

HARVARD
Harvard will look to extend its unprecedented winning streak to six straight championships. The Crimson is led by sophomore Michelle Xie and sophomore Anna Zhou. Both Xie (2nd, 74.00) and Zhou (4th, 75.00) claim top five scoring averages in the Ivy League. The duo is 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.

PENN
Penn comes into the weekend looking to improve upon its sixth-place finish from a season ago and claim its second team title and first since 2010. The Quakers carry a 306.74 scoring average into the weekend. Penn is led by senior Isabella Rahm. Rahm has played 19 tournament rounds this senior and owns a 75.6 stroke average. Tiffany Yau brings a 78.4 stroke average into the weekend, while Allison Wong owns a 78.4 stroke average.

PRINCETON
Princeton will be aiming to break Harvard’s five-year run of Ivy titles in winning what would be the program’s first crown since 2005. The Tigers carry an Ancient Eight best 301.53 scoring average. Princeton is led by a mix of experience and youth. Amber Wang (75.44) and Hana Ku (75.53) rank 5-6 among league leaders, while newcomers Alison Chang (76.13) and Maya Walton (76.50) are in ninth and tenth, respectively. 

YALE
Yale ranks third in the league with a 305.58 scoring average. The Bulldogs placed sixth at the Harvard Invitational and fourth at the Hoya Invitational. Junior Jennifer Peng will look to earn her second individual Ivy League Championship. Peng paces the Bulldogs, boasting the best scoring average in the Ancient Eight at 72.94, which ranks No 88 in NCAA Division. Peng registered the League’s low round of 66. Senior Elisabeth Bernabe is 14th with a scoring average of 77.37.