Women's spring preview: Ivy League

Women's spring preview: Ivy League

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Women's spring preview: Ivy League

Princeton was just one of the universities on a long list for Kelly Shon to attend.

“It was a really late decision for me, but on my last official visit, they made it (my decision) so much easier,” said Shon. “I really connected with the team, and enjoyed meeting everyone, including professors and administration.”

Sure, it was a late decision, but the right one, too.

When Shon arrived on campus as a freshman in 2010, Princeton had just gone through a coaching change. Luckily, Shon was familiar with new coach Nicki Cutler already, having been recruited by the former Vanderbilt assistant.

“It just worked out,” said Cutler.

In her first two-plus as a Tiger, Shon has won three times. She is a two-time All-Ivy League team selection and twice qualified for the NCAA East Regional. As well as shining for Princeton, she has also fared well in amateur events during the collegiate off-season. She has played in both the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. And her most recent accomplishment, she won the 2013 Southern Atlantic Amateur to collect her first big amateur win.

“She has impacted Princeton in a big way,” said Cutler.

In her third individual win this fall at the Lehigh Invitational, it came at a time where the team collected its first tournament win since 2011.

“It was a pretty big weekend for Princeton,” said Shon. “Princeton had just beaten Harvard in football, which was huge. And then I birdied the 18th hole to win, and to clinch the team title. It was a really cool weekend.”

Although she says her game has not been as consistent as it should be, her course-management skills are what are getting her around courses and allowing her to compete.

Even when she plays in individual tournaments, she still considers herself as an ‘ambassador for Princeton golf, and just not for golf, but just as a person, too.’

In the end of it all, the sociology major doesn’t exactly know what she wants to do in the future: to turn pro or go into the working world.

“I know I have to make a life decision soon, and I know I’m blessed to have these decisions, because I want to do it all,” said Shon.

For now, her focus is on school and golf.

“It’s about picking up where we (the team) left off this fall and hopefully winning an Ivy championship this spring,” added Shon.

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Where it stands now

Top of the class: Harvard

Best player of the fall: Kelly Shon, Princeton

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Past champions

2012: Harvard

2011: Yale

2010: Penn

2009: Harvard

2008: Harvard

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