Media Center: Harvard Crimson Men's Golf - History and Index
The Harvard Men’s Golf program started in 1896 and quickly became the premiere golf program in the country. A Harvard player (James Curtis) won the national intercollegiate championship in 1898. Seven other players won the national championship between 1898 & 1916 and the team won the national championship 6 times during the same period.
Bobby Jones acted as unofficial coach of the team in 1923 (the year he won the US Open) and 1924. Although the best player ever at Harvard, he never actually played for the team. Other noteworthy players for Harvard included H. Chandler Egan 1905 (US Amateur Champ and instrumental in Pebble Beach), Edward S. Stimpson ’27 (creater of the Stimpmeter), Joseph Morrill, Jr. ’28, James A. Hutchinson, Jr. ’28, William A. Cordingley, Jr. ’40, Ted Cooney ’55, Bob Keefe ’68, Alex Vik ’78, Carroll Lowenstein, Jr. ’82, Joel Radtke ’96, and Ed Boyda ’97.
Since 1970, the Men’s Team has had 34 All-Ivy Team Selections with Art Burke ’74, Glenn Alexander ’81, and Joel Radtke ’96 receiving the title two times in their careers. More recent All-Ivy winners include Chris Wu ’05, DJ Hynes ’06, Greg Shuman ’10, Mark Pollak ’12, Antonio Grillo ’12 and Theo Lederhausen '14.
In 1975, Harvard won the inaugural Ivy League tournament led by Alex Vik ’78 who went on to become the first player in League history to be a four-time All-Ivy choice. Harvard dominated the Greater Boston Championship in the 1970s-winning seven titles during the decade.
Harvard golfers have also been recognized for their academic achievements. Radtke was a two-time member of the coaches' All-Academic Team, and both he and Jack Wylie ’95 were GTE Academic All-Americans as seniors. More recently, Andrew Klein ’04 and Chris Wu ’05 were honored as Academic All Americans. Wylie won a NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship. Ed Boyda ’97, the team’s 1997 co-captain, became the 38th Harvard athlete to earn a Rhodes scholarship. Antonio Grillo '12 and Mark Pollak '12 were tabbed All-America scholars during the 2011 season.
Recent years have seen a rebirth of the program. The team scoring average improved from 310 in 2006 to 295 in 2012 -- an improvement of almost 4 strokes per player per tournament round. The top 15 player season scoring averages are held by team members who graduated in 2003 or later with the top four held by 2012 graduates. We are making progress toward our vision of becoming the best program in the Northeast.