Harvard Men's Golf Bolsters Roster with Three Newcomers for 2013-14 Season

Harvard Men's Golf Bolsters Roster with Three Newcomers for 2013-14 Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Fred Schernecker, The Paul M. Weissman ’52 Director of Harvard Golf, will welcome three players to the men's golf program for 2013-14.

By Fred Schernecker

Please join me in welcoming our incoming freshmen.  The strength of the incoming class is a further reflection of our progress.  We are thrilled to be adding five players to the program this year while retaining all of last year’s players – neither the men’s nor women’s team graduated any seniors this spring.  

Recruiting is one area of our program that is 100% funded by the Friends of Harvard Golf.  Thanks to the generous support of our Friends, Harvard Golf was once again able to attract a talented group for the upcoming season. 
Keeping with the recent trend, this group is highly decorated and includes multiple HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans.  Only 12 girls and 12 boys receive this honor each year.
HP Junior Academic All-American selections began in 1988. Following is a complete list of our Harvard players who have received this honor:


Andrew Malcolm ’02


Bonnie Hu ‘14


Ali Bode ’09


Theodore Lederhausen ‘14


Louis Amira ’11


Seiji Liu ‘14


Daniel Mayer ’10


Tiffany Lim ‘15


Christine Cho ’12


Akash Mirchandani ‘15


Mark Pollack ’12


Brenna Nelsen ‘15


Bonnie Hu ’14


Christine Lin ‘16


Theodore Lederhausen ’14


Robert Deng ’17


Seiji Liu ’14


Nina Fairbairn ‘17


Katie Sylvan ‘13


The below highlights are focused primarily on golf accomplishments.  Be assured that these incoming freshmen have equally impressive credentials in the classroom and in other leadership roles.  They will be great additions to the Harvard campus. 

New additions to the men’s team include:

Daniel De La Garza (Monterrey, Mexico: St. Michael's Catholic Academy)

-       Ranked 25th in the country in the class of 2013 (and 52nd overall) by National Junior Golf Scoreboard

-       Seven top-5 finishes in AJGA Tournaments 

-       Nine top-10 finishes in AJGA Tournaments 

-       AJGA 2012 Rolex Junior All-American Honorable Mention 

-       4th place in the 2012 AJGA Invitational The Junior Players Championship

-       Four-time Mexican National Champion 

-       Three-time Player of the Year Mexican Junior Golf Association

-       One-time Player of the Year Texas Junior Golf Tour 

-       2013 U.S. Open local qualifier medalist

-       All-State 2012 & 2013

-       Academic All-State 2012 & 2013

-       Regional Champion 2013


Robert Deng (Irvine, CA: St. Margaret’s Episcopal School)

-       HP Junior Academic All-America 2012

-       Ranked 91st in the country in the class of 2013 by National Junior Golf Scoreboard

-       Won the AJGA Deutsche Bank Shoot Out, played at the Golf Club of Cape Cod in Falmouth, MA (73-69-71)

-       Finished T-5th at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship

-       Recorded seven top-10 finishes in the Toyota Tour Cup

-       Qualified for the US Jr. Amateur in 2011, made it through to match play

-       National AP Scholar

-       Member of the National Cum Laude Society


Kendrick Vinar (Chapel Hill, NC: Homeschooled)

-       Ranked 77th in the country in the class of 2013 by National Junior Golf Scoreboard

-       Won the 2012 North & South Junior Championship (71 - 66 - 67 = 204) 

-       NC All-State 1st Team 2012; 2nd Team 2011

-       Selected to the victorious Carolinas team in the 2012 Carolinas - Virginias junior matches 

-       Finished 4th at the 2012 Bobby Chapman (71 - 68 = 139)

-       Finished12th at the 2012 Trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship (73 - 73 - 70 - 75 = 291)

-       Finished 3rd at the 2011 Carolinas Junior Championship (71 - 68 - 70 = 209)


We give a warm welcome to the incoming freshmen.  We know each and every one will contribute positively to the program.  Given the recent success on the recruiting front, we are optimistic about the future of Harvard Golf.