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Men's Golf Finishes Seventh at The McLaughlin

The McLaughlin
Bethpage Red, Farmingdale, NY
September 17 & 18, 2010

Written by Mark Pollak '12

This weekend the Harvard Men's Golf Team traveled to Farmingdale, New York, to compete in the annual McLaughlin Golf Tournament.  St. John's University is the tournament host for the event that is held annually at the Bethpage Red Course.  Bethpage State Park is a massive complex of five golf courses and is renowned for its difficult Black Course, which hosted the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009. 

The McLaughlin was a memorable event for Harvard in 2009.  Last fall, the team set the program record for its best 3-round total and Greg Shuman '10 was the individual champion.

When the men arrived Thursday morning for the practice round, they found the course in great shape with firm and fast greens.  However, that evening the area was hit by a strong storm which soaked the course overnight.  The soggy conditions caused the course to play differently than it did in the practice round.  Despite the new conditions, the team started out their tournament with an excellent round of five-over-par 285.  Theodore (Theo) Lederhausen '14 led the team individually with a 1-under-par 69.  Theo's strong play was backed by a 70 by Mark Pollak '12, 71 by Seiji Liu '14, 75 by Antonio Grillo '12 and 76 by Connor Wentzell '12.  The team total was good for a 7th place, but only seven strokes out of the lead.  Temple and Villanova Universities led the field with rounds of 278.

In the afternoon the team continued their solid play from the morning with a round of 284.  Individually, Grillo bounced back from his morning round to lead the team with a 68.  Pollak, Lederhausen, and Liu contributed with 71, 72 and 73 respectively.  Wentzell followed with a 75.  The scores were good enough to advance the team one place into 6th place on the tight leader board.  Princeton, led by a 65 by Chase Lovett-Woodsum, fired a tremendous round of 272 to take the lead.

The team returned to the course Saturday morning knowing that it would take an excellent performance to place them in contention for the title.  Unfortunately, the Crimson was unable to capitalize on the calm, sunny conditions and finished the tournament with a round of 287.  Grillo continued his solid play with a round of 71.  His performance was followed by Pollak (72), Lederhausen (72), Liu (72) and Wentzell (78).  The team's total of 856 placed them in 7th place in the 15-team field.  West Florida grabbed the victory by 2 strokes over Princeton with a total of 838.

The team's three-round total of 856 was 2 strokes better than last year's showing at the McLaughlin which was the prior team best for a three-round tournament.

The men return to competition October 2nd at Yale University's McDonald Cup.

Special thanks to the Pollak family for hosting the team for dinner Thursday night.

Par:        70   70   70
Yardage:  6759 6759 6759

Fin Team                     Scores  
1 West Florida, U. of      283  279  276    838    -2   
2 Princeton University     287  272  281    840     E   
3 Villanova University     279  283  283    845    +5   
4 Sacred Heart Univ.       280  280  286    846    +6   
5 IUPUI                    282  285  283    850   +10   
6 Johnson & Wales U-FL     296  280  278    854   +14  T
7 Harvard University       285  284  287    856   +16  T
7 St. John's Univ.         286  286  284    856   +16   
9 St. Thomas Aquinas       284  289  289    862   +22  
10 Temple University        278  300  288    866   +26  
11 Rutgers University       289  291  287    867   +27  
12 Dartmouth College        291  290  287    868   +28
T 13 Iona College             290  289  290    869   +29
T 13 Loyola Univ-Maryland     294  289  286    869   +29  
15 Hofstra University       313  301  306    920   +80 

  Fin  Name                  School      Scores

T 23  Mark Pollak           Harvard      70   71   72    213    +3
T 23  Theodore Lederhausen  Harvard      69   72   72    213    +3
29  Tony Grillo           Harvard      75   68   71    214    +4
34  Seiji Liu             Harvard      71   73   72    216    +6
74  Connor Wentzell       Harvard      76   75   78    229   +19