March 23, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown's first-year head women's golf coach Danielle Griffiths is excited for her inaugural spring season with the return of several talented veterans, including its top two scorers at the Ivy Championship, and the addition of some exciting newcomers to the program.
"Our team is working very hard in the classroom, on the golf course, and in the weight room to set a higher standard for themselves for the upcoming season," said Griffiths. "Our top returning players, juniors Blythe Crane and Tiffany Wade, have been the cornerstones of our program for the last two years, and I expect them to once again play a key role in the success of our team."
Headlining the returning players is first team All-Ivy junior Blythe Crane (Chelsea, MI), who has been a dominant force for the Bears during the last two years. Crane placed third individually at last year's Ivy Championship, to earn first team All-Ivy honors after finishing 16th as a freshman. She was Brown's top scorer at three fall competitions this year - the Dartmouth Invitational, Princeton Invitational and Yale Invitational.
Junior Tiffany Wade (Alameda, CA) has been a consistent scorer for the Bears for the last two years and is ready for a breakout season. She has consistently played number two for the Bears and placed third at the Dartmouth Invitational as a freshman.
Sophomores Christine Pappas (Sewickley, PA) and Holly Snyder (East Longmeadow, MA) will also see action this season after contributing in the fall. Pappas was Brown's second leading scorer at the Dartmouth Invitational, while Holly Snyder (East Longmeadow, MA), the Bears' third scorer at Yale and fourth top scorer at the Princeton Invitational.
Coach Griffiths is looking for a contribution from a couple of first-year players including Kendalle Bennett (Warwick, RI), Keiko Fukuda (San Francisco, CA). Bennett made an impression at the Princeton Invitational as Brown's third top scorer, while Fukuda also competed at the Princeton Invitational. Rounding out the roster is freshman Anita Sekar (Edmond, OK) and a returning player from 2004, senior Elizabeth Fisher (Washington, DC).
Coach Griffiths has put together a strong schedule for the Bears, opening with the North Carolina Wilmington Seahawk Invitational (March 26-27) at River Landing in Wallace, NC, against some of the top teams in the East Region, including Maryland, Kentucky, UNCW and Richmond. The Bears travel slightly northward to compete in the Georgetown Invitational (April 1-2), held at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club (Leesburg, Va.). The Dartmouth/Harvard Triangular (April 14-15) will be held a week before the Ivy League Championship (April 21-22) at the Trenton Country Club (NJ).