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An Ivy education in golf

Christine Cho begins her third season with Harvard University women's golf team with plenty of recent success to build upon and new challenges ahead

September 27, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,
  • Crescenta Valley grad Christine Cho has had two successful seasons with the Harvard University women's golf team.
Crescenta Valley grad Christine Cho has had two successful… (Harvard Athletics )

Christine Cho’s everyday life is anything but calm and serene.

A junior majoring in economics at Harvard University, the 2008 Crescenta Valley High graduate's academic workload is exhaustive and her summers offer her little opportunity to recharge, as she just spent two months in Japan completing an internship.

Fortunately for Cho, who has been one of the top members of the Crimson women's golf team since her freshman year, an escape from the daily grind is only as far as the next round.

“Especially when things are really busy at school, just to be able to go away on the weekends and play a tournament and be away from campus and all you have to focus on is golf, it's really nice,” Cho says. "Even with all the pressure and the competition that comes with it, it helps a lot with dealing with school stress."

But while she always welcomes the chance to lose herself in the sport she loves, when Cho picks up a club, it's not just for relaxation.


As the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year and a major factor in the 2009-10 season that saw Harvard win all four of its spring season tournaments, Cho has successfully been able to balance a hectic a slate of responsibilities with a sport that demands a clear mind and relaxed, measured concentration under pressure, not to mention countless hours of practice.

"[Her success] speaks to her and what kind of a person and player she is," Harvard Coach Kevin Rhoads says, "because to get through Harvard or any other Ivy League school with the real world looming and what they're doing with their summertimes, like working jobs or internships, it gets harder and harder to continue to compete. "It's her mentality and it's her attitude, it's her technical game, which is really, really sound. It's just all the things that have gotten her the accolades she's received up until this point and continue to sustain her even through some demanding situations."

From her promising prep years at Crescenta Valley, capped by a turn as All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year as a senior in 2007, to her third season at Harvard, which kicked off Sept. 19 with a 10th-place finish at the Princeton Invitational, where the team placed sixth, Cho has been nothing if not consistent.

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