Providence, RI – Coming off a fifth place finish at Ivy Championships last spring, the Brown women's golf team is looking to improve on its performance in the upcoming season. The Bears had a strong showing in 2011-2012, finishing second in both the Princeton Invitational and the Spider Invitational, hosted by the University of Richmond. The high moment of the season occurred at the Lehigh Invitational, where the Bears came from behind to win the tournament by five shots over Seton Hall.
"It was our best season yet with some terrific play," said head coach Danielle Griffiths.
This year, the team is comprised of five returning players and three new members. Sophomore All-Ivy selection Stephanie Hsieh (Alamo, CA) was at the top of the Brown team in virtually every competition. She placed first individually at both the Spider Invitational and the Lehigh Invitational, and earned first team All-Ivy honors with a fifth place finish at the Ivy League Championship.
Sophomore Michelle Chen also returns to the Brown lineup after a solid inaugural season with the Bears. Also returning to the squad is Erica Farrer, Cassie Carothers and Kanika Gandhi. Three freshmen will join the team – Lauren Flynn, Margaret Min and Juliette Garay.
With such a strong season behind them, Griffiths believes the Bears can capitalize of last year's successes.
"We are coming off a good amount of momentum from last fall," said Coach Griffiths. "We will continue to strive for our goal of winning an Ivy Championship this year."
The Bears start off the year with two big tournaments—the Dartmouth Invitational on September 15-16 and the Yale Invitational from September 21-23. In 2011, the team finished sixth out of 16 teams at Yale. With practices underway, the golfers are be working towards the opening of the season one shot at a time.