Ramnath shot a 64 in his first round of the season, matching the program record (Gregory Carroccio).
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The Harvard men's golf team opened its 2015-16 season with a fourth-place result at The Doc Gimmler played on the Red Course at the Bethpage State Park Golf Course.
Harvard finished the weekend at plus-6 (846) after carding an opening-round minus-five (275) on Saturday. The team closed its second round of the day at plus-11 (291) before rebounding with an even par 280 on Sunday.
Senior captain Rohan Ramnath was matched by freshmen Aurian Capart and Seiya Liu for the team lead with a weekend score of plus-2 (212), tying the trio for 12th place. Ramnath's performance included an opening-round 64, six under par, which matched his own mark set at the 2014 Yale Spring Invitational for the lowest round and lowest round to par in program history.
Capart's collegiate debut included an even-par round of 70 to open the tournament followed by a pair of 71's. Liu, meanwhile, finished his first 18 holes at minus-2 with a 68 before carding consecutive 72's.
Yale won the team title at 15 under par (825) with Johnson and Wales (-2, 838) and St. Thomas Aquinas (+5, 845) finishing just ahead the Crimson. Other teams competing included Army West Point (+10, 850), Columbia (+12, 852), IUPUI (+18, 858), Colgate (+22, 862) and St. John's (+44, 884).
Bethpage's Red Course covers 7,014 yards with a slope of 127 and par set at 70.
The Crimson will return to action Sept. 26-27 at the Quechee Club Invitational, hosted by Dartmouth.
By: Robert Deng
The Doc Gimmler is St. John's fall invitational, bringing together some of the best schools in the Northeast. Harvard men's golf left for The Doc Gimmler on Friday, Sept. 11. Aside from golf, the team was also looking forward to the ferry ride to Long Island. Upon arrival at the course, Harvard played a practice round with assistant coach Curtis Rhoads at Bethpage Red Course, which features narrow fairways and several large overhanging trees. The Crimson took care to absorb all applicable information, taking into consideration the rainy forecast for Saturday. After a productive day on the course, the men headed back to the hotel to rest up for the 36-hole marathon to come.
The team woke up feeling refreshed and excited for the day ahead. After stopping for a hearty breakfast, the team felt ready to play. Though our players looked forward to the first tournament, Harvard Golf believes that commitment to controllable factors rather than projecting forward yields success. In the first round, captain Rohan Ramnath '16 put on a ball-striking clinic en route to a 6 under par 64. Freshman Seiya Liu followed closely with a brilliantly played 68. Close behind Liu was fellow Freshman Aurian Capart, who posted an impressive 70. Robert Deng '17 settled for a 73 and fellow junior Kendrick Vinar rounded out the group with a 76.
Without stopping, the Crimson cycled through to the second round. Round two proved tougher, as the wind picked up considerably in the afternoon. Capart led the team with a one over 71, followed closely by fellow freshman Liu, who shot an impressive 72. Deng and Vinar grinded through round two, posting a pair of 74's. Finally, Ramnath came in with a 75. After the first 36-hole day of the season, our players felt physically and mentally fatigued, yet still emotionally charged for the final day ahead.
On Sunday, the team woke up bright and early, ready for a beautiful day on the links. Deng played smartly, resulting in a 3 under 67. Vinar followed closely with a 70. Capart maintained consistent play and posted a 71. Similarly, Liu remained faithful to his game plan and posted a 72. Finally, Ramnath battled back pain with great mental toughness and posted an impressive 73. After the three rounds, the team finished in fourth place.
The Crimson remains positive and enthusiastic for the fall season. As usual, we will evaluate any weaknesses, working towards a stronger tomorrow. Harvard 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.