Women's preview: Ivy League

Women's preview: Ivy League

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Women's preview: Ivy League

Seo Hee Moon is humble, but don’t confuse that with shy or reserved. Moon possesses the ability to be nonchalant yet cut-throat, winning six out of 10 events last year as a freshman at Yale, and winning one more in four starts this fall.

“Anytime she’s in the lead group, she would not let someone beat her,” head coach Chawwadee Rompothong said of Moon’s drive. “If she is paired up with the No. 1 of the tournament, she will always squeak it out where she beats them by a stroke.”

It often takes freshmen time to adjust to college life – especially at an Ivy League school where the academic pressures are intense, to say the least – but Moon blossomed upon arriving on campus last fall. Rompothong remembers recruiting a player who was solid, but not explosive. As a Bulldog, Moon set three course records in addition to her collection of tournament wins. Rompothong explains that it was mostly a result of Moon’s hot putter. It’s cooled slightly this fall, but Rompothong is waiting for big things this spring.

Moon is one of a growing number of top players showing up on Ivy League rosters, which makes the small conference a mighty one. As Rompothong says, it can be a shock for other schools when Ivy League teams show up in postseason. Because of rigorous academic schedules, it’s difficult for these schools to play anything but an inter-conference schedule, where Monday-Tuesday tournaments are kept to a minimum.

“People don’t realize sometimes, we do crack into the top 50 and we’re attracting, as a league, better and better players,” Rompothong said. “… We’re definitely underrated as a whole group, but I think it’s going to start to change quite a bit, other schools are going to start to notice.”

With a player like Moon in the lead, it would be hard not to.

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Top of the class: Harvard

Best player in the fall: Michelle Piyapattra, Columbia

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Past champions

2007: Columbia

2008: Harvard

2009: Harvard

2010: Pennsylvania

2011: Yale

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