Men's Golf Finishes Third at Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge

Men's Golf Finishes Third at Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge

Vinar and De La Garza finished at even par to lead the Crimson (Gregory Carroccio).

QUECHEE, Vt. – The Harvard men's golf team took third place at the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge this weekend, played on the par-72 Highland course.

Harvard completed the two rounds at plus-7 (583), just five strokes behind host Dartmouth (578) for the title and one stroke behind (582) Rhode Island for second place. The Crimson sat in second place after day one with a score of 290 (+2), and played well on Sunday carding a 293 (+3). Rhode Island turned in an impressive 4-under 284 on Sunday, however, moving the Rams ahead of the Crimson on the leaderboard.

Kendrick Vinar and Daniel De La Garza led the way for Harvard and finished tied for fifth place at even par (144). Vinar posted scores of 71 and 73 for the weekend, with De La Garza shooting 70 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday.

Robert Deng (+3, 147) and Aurian Capart (+4, 148) also played well, placing 12th and 13th, respectively. Deng was steady throughout the tournament with scores of 73 and 74, while Capart rebounded from a 76 on Saturday with a 72 on Sunday.

Hale Furey (153) and Paul Lei (153) were also in action, and finished tied for 29th at plus-9.

Harvard returns to action this weekend at the MacDonald Cup, hosted by Yale at the Yale Golf Club.


By Pau Lei, '19

 This weekend, the Harvard men's golf team posted a third-place finish at the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge, hosted by Dartmouth College at the Quechee Club's Highland Course.

The Harvard Crimson demonstrated steady progress from its start to the season at St. John's two weeks ago. Of the 13 schools that participated at this event, Crimson placed third, shooting +7 (583).

Kendrick Vinar '17 and Daniel de la Garza '17 fired rounds of 71-73 (144) and 70-74 (144), respectively, finishing tied for fifth place individually out of 77 players.  Robert Deng '17 posted a 73-74 (147) and Aurian Capart '19 fired 76-72 (158). Meanwhile, Hale Furey '18 shot 77-76 (153). Paul Lei '19, playing as an individual, made his college golf debut, shooting 74-79 (153).

The Crimson finished one shot behind the University of Rhode Island (582) and five shots behind Dartmouth (578).

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The Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge was the Crimson's second event of the fall season. Teams that competed in this event included Dartmouth, University of Rhode Island, Harvard, Hartford, Temple, Fordham, Colgate University, Cornell, Sacred Heart, Pennsylvania, Brown, and College of Holy Cross. During the week leading up to the tournament, the Crimson prepared itself by practicing productively at The Country Club. The training regimen included a combination of playing days, which focused on practicing on the golf course, and skill-building days centered around developing technical skills.

The team departed for Vermont on Friday morning and arrived for the practice round around noon. The 6,800-yard Highland Course, designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Cornish, presented a formidable challenge with its tree-lined fairways, undulating fairways, and sloping greens. During the practice round, the players worked with coach Kevin Rhoads and coach Curtis Rhoads on developing course strategy. Tee shot positioning and approach shot positioning were especially important on the Highland Course.

On Saturday, de la Garza shot an impressive 2-under 70 to lead Harvard. Vinar posted a solid 1-under 71. Close behind, Deng fired 73. Lei shot 74. Aurian Capart '19 shot 4-over par 76, and Hale Furey followed one shot behind, shooting 77. After the first round, Crimson was in second place, five shots behind Dartmouth.

Spirits were high coming into the second round. Although we all wished to shoot low scores, we knew that focusing on scores was not the formula for success on the golf course. Instead, we concentrated on the process and remained patient throughout the round. de la Garza continued his good play, firing 74. Vinar matched de la Garza, shooting 73 for a 144 total. Deng finished with a 74 while Capart stepped on the gas, shooting even par 72. Furey and Lei shot 76 and 79, respectively. The Crimson finished in third place overall, one shot behind the University of Rhode Island and five shots behind Dartmouth.

The team is confident that with continued practice and a positive attitude it can perform even better as the season progresses. We look forward to playing at Yale this weekend. We are thankful to the Steffi family who were generous enough to host us at their beautiful home during this weekend. Our program would not be possible without the support of our coaches, families, and Friends. Thank you for your generosity, and we are grateful to have such a generous support group.