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Men's Golf Takes Third at Caves Valley Intercollegiate

by Mark Pollak ‘12

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – This weekend the men’s team travelled south to Owings Mills, Maryland to compete in the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate.  The tournament, hosted by Yale, was held at Caves Valley Golf Club.  The Tom Fazio designed course was in excellent condition and featured the fastest greens the team has seen all year. 

While the team experienced nearly ideal weather for the practice round, a large front blew in Friday evening to provide cool temperatures and tempestuous winds over the two tournament rounds.  The extreme weather and difficult conditions of the course were evident in the first round scores as the lowest round for the day was a 74(+3) and the leading teams were tied at 313 (+29). 

Among the individual leaders after the first round was Harvard’s Greg Shuman ’10 whose four birdies and an eagle helped him to a great round of 74.  Also contributing to the team score were Tony Grillo ’12, Danny Mayer ’10, and Louis Amira ’11 with rounds of 79, 81 and 83 respectively.  Mark Pollak ’12 finished with an 84.  The team total (317) placed Harvard in 5th place but only four strokes out of the lead.

Following the first day’s round, the teams were treated to a wonderful banquet in the Caves Valley clubhouse where former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge ’67, was present to impart a few words of wisdom and some entertaining stories to the competitors.

After a tough first round, the team looked to improve on their play and hopefully make a run for the title.  As the winds calmed down, the Crimson was able to improve on their first round and fire a 17-over par, 305.  Individually, Tony Grillo maintained his good play with a 76 and was able to capture a top-ten finish.  Mark Pollak and Louis Amira rebounded from their first rounds with scores of 74 and 76.  Danny Mayer contributed with a 79 and Greg Shuman finished with an 82.  Although the team was able to improve on their first eighteen and was the only squad to post all four contributing rounds in the 70’s, the effort was not enough to fend off terrific rounds by the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton.  Harvard’s total of 622 was good for a 3rd place finish, ten strokes behind the tournament champion, Penn. 

While the Crimson was unable to sustain the momentum from last week’s good finish, the team plans to carry the lessons learned from this weekend into next week’s Ivy League Championship at Baltusrol.

1st           Penn:               313, 299 = 612

2nd          Princeton:       314, 303 = 617

T-3rd       Harvard:          317, 305 = 622

                GW:                 313, 309 = 622

T-5th       Yale I:               313, 312 = 625

                Cornell:            322, 303 = 625

7th          Temple:           318, 319 =  637

8th          Brown:             338, 322 = 660

9th          Yale II:              337, 327 = 664

 

Harvard   317, 305 = 622

Tony Grillo: 79, 76 = 155

Greg Shuman: 74, 82 = 156

Mark Pollak: 84, 74 = 158

Louis Amira: 83, 76 = 159

Danny Mayer: 81, 79 = 160