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Shon Breaks Through for First Ivy Golf Title, Women Finish Close Second

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/28/2013
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Kelly Shon receives her Ivy individual title certificate from Ivy Executive Director Robin Harris. (Photo credit Ryan Samson/Ivy League)
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

The Ivy Player of the Year outdueled the Ivy Rookie of the Year in a one-hole playoff for the Ivy League individual championship Sunday at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J.

Both Kelly Shon of Princeton and Christine Lin of Harvard were 2-over through 54 holes as the Ivy League Championship wrapped Sunday, and Shon finished a shot better than Lin on the first playoff hole to break through and claim her first Ivy individual title. Shon tied for fifth as a freshman in 2011 and seventh as a sophomore a year ago.

Sunday, Shon was 1-over, making bogey on the first and third holes before making up one shot on the sixth hole. She moved back to even par on the day at the 15th hole, but both Lin and Shon bogeyed 18 as the playoff became necessary.

Shon became the second Tiger to win Ivy Player of the Year honors, an award that came about in 2009 when Susannah Aboff '09 won the award as the last Tiger to win the Ivy individual title. Lin won Ivy Rookie of the Year honors. Shon's individual title was the ninth for a Princeton player since the Ivy League Championship began in women's golf in 1997, and Shon will be able to try and defend her title next year in hopes of becoming the first Ivy Leaguer since Aboff in 2008 and 2009 to win back-to-back individual league titles.

Though the Ivy individual title doesn't bring with it an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional, Shon gained an individual at-large berth in each of her first two years. She won't have to wait long to see if she can go 3 for 3 in NCAA berths, as the NCAA will announce the field Monday at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.

It was just about as close for the Tigers as a team Sunday, but there the Crimson came out on top. After more than 900 shots for each team, the margin was just one after 54 holes. Harvard finished at +45 for the team with Princeton at +46 and 20 shots between the Tigers and third-place Yale.

Still, the Tigers had the best round of any team Sunday, but the four-shot deficit Princeton had entering the day was one shot too much. Princeton was +13 on Sunday as a team, better than Harvard's +16.

Shon was named first-team All-Ivy League, while Anna Jang won second-team All-Ivy League honors.

Princeton's complete results are below, and results for all teams are available via Golfstat here.

2. Princeton 307-302-301--910 (+46)
1. Kelly Shon 73-72-73--218 (+2)
10. Anna Jang 80-77-76--233 (+17)
11. Sydney Kersten 78-79-77--234 (+18)
T14. Alexandra Wong 76-86-75--237 (+21)
T18. Tiffany Dong 86-74-82--242 (+26)

Ivy League interview with head coach Nicki Cutler: Ivy League interview with Kelly Shon:
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