The Ivy League championships just keep rolling in for Princeton athletics.
In late April, the women’s golf team notched its third Ivy title in the last four seasons, defeating runners-up Columbia by three strokes. The Tigers also edged out Columbia in the individual competition, as first-year Victoria Liu won by a comfortable five strokes.
“Going into the Ivy Championship, I had the utmost confidence in our team that we were going to perform our best no matter the conditions or pressure, and we did just that,” said junior team member Tiffany Kong.
Liu was joined by two other Tigers in the top 10, as sophomore Yu Kyung Kim finished in seventh, and first-year Kyung Eun Lee tied for 10th.
“We had come off a tournament a week before that wasn’t our best performance, which I think shocked us a little bit especially after coming off such an amazing fall season,” said sophomore team member Caris Kim in a message to The Daily Princetonian. “At Ivies, we stuck to our game plan, hit our team goals, and stayed connected as a team which is what I think ultimately led us to be successful.”
The championship earned the Tigers a spot in the NCAA Tournament. They were assigned to the Stanford regional, where they competed this Monday.
“Going into NCAA Regionals is super exciting, and nothing is going [to] change — we are going to continue to strive to reach our team goals but more than anything enjoy the opportunity to be able to compete post-COVID,” Caris Kim said prior to the tournament.
“There’s a lot of strong competitors out here at the regionals,” Kong added, “but we know that we are just as strong and competitive as any other team.”
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were unable to progress past the regionals, finishing in sixth place out of 12 teams at the Stanford regional with a score of +21. Only the top four finishers in the regional advanced. Despite falling just short of progressing to the next stage though, the Tigers held their heads high.
“The team did amazingly well this week against some top teams in the nation,” Kong said. “This week is also a preview of what is yet to come. Next year could be a history-making year for Princeton Women[’s] Golf, and a huge step for Ivy League Golf.”
Wilson Conn is a co-head editor for the Sports section at the ‘Prince.’ He is also a senior writer for the Podcast section. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @wilson_conn.