Pictured: Theodore Lederhausen
-by Tony Grillo '12
This weekend the Crimson visited Bethpage State Park Golf Course for St. Johns annual McLaughlin Invitational. The tournament attracted great competition from around the country, most notably Texas Christian University and West Florida. Harvard would tee it up with the other seventeen teams to play 36 holes on Friday followed by a final 18 on Saturday.
After the first eighteen holes, the Crimson saw themselves in a tie for third place. Sophomore Theodore Lederhausen and freshman Akash Mirchandani led the team in scoring with a pair of even par 70s. Seiji Liu '14 was close behind with a 71 and Mark Pollak '12 shot 74 to give the team a total of 5-over par 285. Tony Grillo '12 came in with a 75 – a score that was thrown out as the highest of the five. The morning round showed that low scores were ripe for the taking, as West Florida had an individual post 5-under 65.
The morning wind subsided during the afternoon. As a result, most teams saw their scores drop. Unfortunately for the Crimson, their score rose. Harvard posted an 8-over par 288 to put themselves in a tie for seventh. Captain Grillo improved seven shots from his morning score, posting an afternoon 68 that featured a hole-in-one on the seventh hole. Lederhausen continued his solid play by posting a 72. Pollak (73) and Mirchandani (75) also came in with counting scores for the Crimson. Liu struggled through the second round, finishing with a 76.
The Crimson appeared to be on their way to posting a solid score in the third round with strong scores through the first 16 holes. Unfortunately late round hiccups yielded another 288. Pollak and Mirchandani finished with a 70 and 71 respectively. Grillo posted 72, while Lederhausen and Liu both finished with 75. The +21 total placed the crimson in eighth place, besting fellow Ivy League teams Columbia and Princeton, but falling to Dartmouth by four shots.
The team has next weekend off before heading to Yale for the MacDonald Cup the first weekend in October.