Harvard Men's Golf Finishes 7th at MacDonald Cup
By Tony Grillo '12
This week the Crimson traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to compete in the annual MacDonald Cup hosted by Yale University. Last time out Harvard posted its best 54-hole tournament score in team history, finishing 7th at the McLaughlin Invite in New York. Heavy rain came through the northeast on Thursday and Friday. When the team arrived at Yale for the practice round on Friday they found a course that was closed due to inclement weather. The tournament was going to play slow and wet. Instead of hitting the course as they usually do, the team worked on the range and putted to get a feel for the course conditions. The tournament was shortened from 54 to 36 holes in order to let the course dry out as much as possible for Saturday's play.
Saturday was breezy and sunny. The Crimson posted a solid score of ten-over par 290 to begin the tournament. The team put themselves in 4th place, 10 shots behind leader St. John's University. Freshman Theodore Lederhausen led the pack with a one-under 69 (placing him 7th for the day), followed by Captain Tony Grillo who posted one-over 71. Other counting scores were Junior Mark Pollak (75) and Freshman Seiji Liu (75). Playing in the '5 -spot' for the team was Connor Wentzell who posted a 78. Also traveling with the Crimson and playing as an individual was Michael Lai, who shot 78. The first round placed the crimson one stroke ahead of rival Yale and five ahead of Dartmouth, the other Ancient Ei! ght team at the tournament.
Day 2 of the MacDonald Cup brought stronger wind and lower temperatures hovering around 50 degrees at tee time. All teams began in a shotgun start, with the Crimson beginning on holes five, six, and seven. Theodore Lederhausen got the team off to a great start by holing his first shot of the day for a hole-in-one on the par-3 fifth. He gave a few back throughout the day, but still managed to post a team low 71. Unfortunately, nobody else on the team managed to score well on what was a more difficult day at Yale. The team posted an 18-over par round of 298. Tony Grillo posted a 75, followed by Mark Pollak and Connor Wentzell who both posted 76. Seiji Liu struggled with the wind, stumbling into the clubhouse with an 80. Individual Michael Lai fired another 78. With their high scores in round! two, Harvard fell back to a 7th place finish at 588. Both Yale and Dartmouth were able to climb the leaderboard and finish 8 and 1 stroke ahead of the Crimson.
Next week Harvard will be traveling to the Big 5 Invitational in Philadelphia.
FINAL RESULTS (Date Posted: 10-03-2010) Par: 70 Yardage: 6766
Fin Team Scores
1 St. John's Univ. 280 285 565 +5
2 Yale University 291 289 580 +20
3 Binghamton Univ. 290 292 582 +22
4 Central Connecticut 295 289 584 +24
5 Sacred Heart Univ. 284 303 587 +27
Dartmouth College 295 292 587 +27
7 Harvard University 290 298 588 +28
8 Hartford, Univ. of 294 295 589 +29
9 Nova Southeastern U. 285 312 597 +37
10 Fordham University 298 302 600 +40
11 Lafayette College 303 303 606 +46
12 Holy Cross, Coll. of 304 306 610 +50
13 Bryant University 310 305 615 +55
14 YALE II 299 322 621 +61
5 Theodore Lederhausen Harvard 69 71 140 E
6 Tony Grillo Harvard 71 75 146 +6
41 Mark Pollak Harvard 75 76 151 +11
Connor Wentzell Harvard 78 76 154 +14
Seiji Liu Harvard 75 80 155 +15
Michael Lai Harvard 78 78 156 +16