Deng shot a 67 on Sunday, the lowest score of the round (OAC).
By: Robert Deng '17
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Macdonald Cup is Yale's fall invitational, bringing together the best schools in the Northeast. Harvard played a helpful practice round with Assistant Coach Curtis Rhoads at The Course at Yale, which features large, undulating greens, deep canyons, and an army of trees. As course knowledge would assuredly save a few strokes, the Crimson took special care to absorb all applicable information. Hale Furey '18 sketched maps of all 18 greens, to help with approach shots and green reading.
The Macdonald Cup was scheduled to be 36 holes on Saturday, and 18 on Sunday. However, Saturday was forecasted with continuous downpour, expected to drop more than an inch of rain on Yale's golf course. As a result, nobody was sure how many holes the group would get in before the course became unplayable. Equipped with rain gear, the Crimson headed out, excited for the challenge ahead. The first drops of rain fell before the first groups teed off. It was certain that Saturday would test everyone's ability to stay dry and stay patient. After all five Harvard players teed off, the rain and wind increased in magnitude, and as predicted, rendered the course unplayable. Rohan Ramnath '16 finished 14 holes at 1-over par together with Captain Akash Mirchandani '15, who finished 13 holes also at 1 over. Furey and Gregory Royston '18 finished 11 holes at 2-over par each. Robert Deng '17 rounded out the group, finishing 3-over par through 12 holes. Due to a thoughtfully formulated game plan and strong mental preparation for the Saturday challenge, the Crimson competed well throughout the rain, earning good standing compared to the rest of the field.
Harvard rose early on Sunday to finish round 1 and play round 2. The men would be joined by Head Coach Kevin Rhoads, who commuted to Yale from Penn State, where the Harvard women's golf team was playing this weekend. Though there would be no more rain on Sunday, the weather proved to be colder and windier than Saturday. The competitors returned to their respective holes and resumed play in shotgun-start format, finishing, in total, 36 holes for the tournament. Ramnath led the group with a 1-over-par 71. Mirchandani followed closely, finishing round one with an impressive 72. Royston and Furey finished with a pair of 73's. Deng rounded out the group with a hard-earned 74.
The afternoon round was a natural continuation of the morning holes, as play was not halted. As the temperature warmed, the winds became more powerful, stressing course management and mental fortitude, both strengths of the Harvard program. Deng charged back in round two, firing a 3-under-par 67, the lowest second round score in the field. Ramnath continued his strong, consistent play with an even-par 70. Mirchandani, Royston, and Furey all came in with solid rounds of 72. The team maintained focus throughout the entire day, which contributed to the strong performance.
Harvard would finish the tournament at 10-over-par 570, earning the team second place, only one stroke out of first place. While celebrating the performance, the Crimson will evaluate any weaknesses, working towards a stronger tomorrow. Harvard men's golf would like to thank all coaches, families and Friends of Harvard Golf for your continued support. We would not be the program we are today without your generous aid, and we take pride in having such a supportive network of Friends.