By Tony Grillo '12
The Men's Golf spring season was marked by both individual and team success, but ultimately ended with a disappointing finish at the Ivy League Championship. The team saw two individual wins, with Mark Pollak '12 taking the Yale Spring Opener title and freshman Seiji Liu winning the Century Intercollegiate (also hosted by Yale).
Liu's finish helped push the Crimson to the top of the leader board, marking the third straight year that Harvard has won a spring tournament. Unfortunately the team finished in sixth place at the Ivy League Championship, with the only bright spot coming from Mark Pollak's Second-Team All-Ivy performance.
The 2010-2011 season saw a big shift in personnel and a hardworking, committed group of golfers. Many would refer to it as a "building" year, but teammates remember it as a bonding year. Going into the season, the team members knew they had talent and work ethic. Although the team did not accomplish all of its goals, it is tough to call the season a disappointment. Four of the eight team members were freshmen, making this year's Men's team almost unrecognizable to competitors. The players worked to create a team dynamic that would push each player to be his absolute best. As individuals, team members were making time for extra workout hours over the winter and practicing in the new indoor facility. In addition, the team members often found themselves h! aving putting contests, stretching as a team, and taking extra trips to the range.
It is frustrating for everyone to see this type of work yield the same mediocre result at the Ivy League Championship. In the end, however, it is hard to look back at the year as a failure. The results were poor, but the effort was unparalleled to anything the coaches have seen in the past. This work ethic will continue, and our team is looking forward to a great 2011-2012 season.