Legends of the fall

In their fall finale, the women’s golf team triumphed in the Lady Blue Hen Invitational over the weekend by putting up record-breaking numbers.

Members of the women's golf team hold their trophies from the Lady Blue Hen Invitational.

The women’s golf team made history over the weekend with a record-breaking performance in their fall season finale at the University of Delaware’s Lady Blue Hen Invitational.

Their cumulative score of 864, or even par, broke the school record for a 54-hole course.

Playing at the par-72 Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Rehoboth Beach, the Quakers shot a 289 in the first round on Saturday morning, a 280 in the second round Saturday afternoon, and a 295 in the final round on Sunday. 

Four Quakers finished in the top five, including individual medalist Susan Xiao and runner-up Rina Jung.

Xiao, a freshman, shot a 70 in the first round and a 6-under-par 66 in the second round, which set a new school record for low round and low round to par. On Sunday, she shot a 73 to finish at a sensational 7-under-par 209. She broke the school record on a 54-hole course by four shots. Her individual title is Penn’s first in five years.

Susan Xiao of the women's golf team eyes the ball after completing her swing.
Freshman Susan Xiao finished first and shot a 7-under-par 209, breaking the school record on a 54-hole course by four shots.

Jung, a junior, finished second. She shot a 70 in the first round, a 71 in the second round, and a 77 in the third round, concluding the tournament with a 2-over-par 218. 

Each of the five players in the Red & Blue’s lineup finished among the top 15 golfers in the 69-player field.

Freshman Abigail Wiranatha and senior Christina Park tied for fourth place. Wiranatha had a 73-77-71 weekend. Park shot 72-74-75. Both finished with a 5-over-par 221. 

Sophomore Mary Shin finished tied for sixth with 76-69-77 scores for a 6-over-par 222. Sophomore Leila Dizon tied for 11th with a 9-over-par 225. She shot 77-74-74.

The team win marked only the second time Penn has won two events in the same season. The Quakers also won the 54-hole Nittany Lion Invitational to open the season.