Brown Women's Golf - 2006 Preview

April 11, 2006

Providence, RI - With the return of three of its top five golfers from a year ago, and coming off a solid fall season, the Brown women's golf team will look to get back into the top three in the Ivy League championship with young and talented squad.

Head coach Mike Harbour welcomes the return of super sophomores Tiffany Wade (Alameda, CA) and Blythe Crane (Chelsea, MI), who were major contributors a year ago, and helped the Bears to the Central Connecticut Invitational Championship in the fall.

"Both Blythe and Tiffany really came into their own in the fall and were looking for great things from both players," said Harbour. "I also expect both to take on more of a leadership role this season along with our two team leaders, seniors Emily Washington and Monica Sheldon. While we don't have a lot of depth, our squad has proven that it can be successful in any tournament."

Crane is coming off a solid freshman season and was Brown's top finisher at last year's Ivy Championship, placing 16th overall. She helped the Bears to the Central Connecticut Invitational championship when the Bears won the title with just four players. She was also Brown's second top scorer at the Princeton Invitational.

Wade placed third at the Dartmouth Invitational in the fall after shooting a sizzling 72 on the second day of play, and was a solid performer at the Ivy Championship. She scored at the Central Connecticut Invitational and has been one of Brown's most consistent performers.

Washington (Pasadena, CA), who shot 79 at the Yale Invitational, has been a solid four-year contributor for the Bears and is a tournament-tested player. Also contributing to this year's team will be Sheldon (Boca Raton, FL), and freshmen Christine Pappas (Sewickley, PA) and Betty Snyder (East Longmeadow, MA). Snyder was injured in the fall and coach Harbour has great expectations of her for the spring.

Harbour was also impressed by the play of freshman Karin Freed (Weston, FL), who played well at the Dartmouth Invitational with a first round 77, and scored in Brown's victory at the Central Connecticut Invitational.