HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League announced the women’s golf postseason awards, as selected by the league’s coaches, and all-conference teams today with Dartmouth’s Jessica Kittelberger and Catharine Roddy earning spots on the All-Ivy League Second Team. This is the first year since 1997 that the Big Green have had two golfers earn all-conference honors.
Kittelberger, a senior from Raleigh, North Carolina, tied for 10th at the Ivy League Championship this past weekend to earn her spot on the all-conference second team. She put together three consistent rounds, shooting 78-76-77—231 (+15), leading the team with 34 pars, a total bested by just five other golfers. On the par-3 holes, Kittelberger tied for the lowest average at the championship at even par as well. For the season, she led the Big Green with a stroke average of 77.2 and enjoyed four top-10 finishes — tied for fourth of 62 at the Hartford Women’s Invitational, sixth of 21 at the FAU Winter Warmup, tied for seventh of 63 at the Dartmouth Invitational and tied for 10th at the Ivy League Championship.
Roddy also tied for 10th at the championship to make the second team with Kittelberger one year after finishing in a tie for third to garner a spot on the first team. She is just the second Big Green women’s golfer with multiple All-Ivy selections, joining Lauren Epstein ’00 who made the first team on three occasions (1997, ’98, 2000). A native of Trabuco Canyon, California, Roddy entered the final round just two strokes off the lead, but after struggling on the front nine, righted herself and birdied the final hole to keep her place in the top 10. No other golfer had more birdies than she did over the three rounds (9), and she posted a 78.5 stroke average on the season with two top-10 finishes, the other coming in the season-opening Dartmouth Invitational (tied for fifth of 63).
Princeton’s Maya Walton, who produced the lowest stroke average in the league over the year (74.4), was chosen as the Ivy League Player of the Year, while Brown’s Brittany Park and Harvard’s Belinda Hu shared the Rookie of the Year award. Danielle Griffith of Brown was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a third-place finish at the Ivy League Championship.
Dartmouth finished fifth in the championship standings, matching its placement from last year and best since tying for third in 2004. But at just 24 strokes behind the champion, the Big Green enjoyed their closest finish to the top since the Ivy League started the conference championship in 1997.