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131001 University of Pennsylvania - Men's & Women's Golf Practice at Phila. Crickett Credit: Hunter Martin , Hunter Martin

While the spring season is just getting started for Penn women’s golf, it’s been a journey long in the making, dating back to last year.

The current academic year featured four fall tournaments — and they started with a bang.

At the Chesapeake Bay Invitational, the Quakers opened play with a team title, placing first of 11 squads as three golfers placed in the top 15. A pair of tournaments hosted by Ivy rivals Princeton (eighth of 15) and Yale (seventh of 16) brought about some middling results before the fall season concluded with a third-place finish at the Delaware Invitational.

Looking back to 2014-15, a squad comprised of one senior among a team otherwise entirely underclassmen helped pave the way for what has already been accomplished by the current iteration of the team.

The short season — featuring just three tournaments in the spring and eight overall — still saw its fair share of successes for the Red and Blue.

In September, the Quakers opened play with one of their best performances of the season, finishing second out of 15 teams at the Chesapeake Bay Invitational in Annapolis, Md., as then-sophomore Isabelle Rahm shot a tournament-best 219, followed by teammate Amanda Chin four strokes back in third.

At the Delaware Invitational a month later, Penn matched its Chesapeake Bay finish, taking second out of 10 teams. Although five strokes behind Georgetown as a team, Chin took away the individual trophy after beating Delaware’s Amanda Terzian in a playoff.

Fall play concluded in Delaware, resuming in April as the Red and Blue headed to New Jersey for Seton Hall’s Pirate Invitational. A 626 team score was good for fourth place, behind Georgetown, Princeton and Columbia.

Brown hosted Penn next as the Quakers took fourth again. At the BEAR Invitational, Chin and Rahm again paced the Red and Blue, taking 13th and 17th, respectively.

As Harvard took home the Ivy title the following week, Chin’s 14th-place individual finish was tops for Penn, which finished fifth as a team.

The loss of Chin alone to graduation means that the fifth-place finish is just a start for the Red and Blue, who now head to the 2016 spring season ready to build on the foundation that’s been laid.

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