NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Harvard men's golf continued its strong fall season with a win at the Macdonald Cup, besting 14 teams with an even score (840, 278-285-277)over the weekend.
The Crimson beat out Ivy foes Yale and Princeton, who ranked second and third, respectively, by seven and eight strokes. Harvard was led by the sharp shooting of senior Robert Deng, who posted a personal-best 65 on day one, followed by scores of 71 (+1) and 69 (-1) to finish five under par. Deng was one of just four athletes to finish under par.
Junior Gregory Royston finished at par to rank fifth overall. The Durban, South Africa native posted a round of 69 (-1) on day one and day three. Sophomore Seiya Liu finished third on the team and tied for 13th overall with scores of 72-74-68. Liu recorded his best score of the week on the final day to finish four over par. Senior Kendrick Vinar shot plus-five, posting his best day in round two, finishing two under.
The Crimson will return to the links Oct. 22 at the Camden Collegiate Invitational in South Carolina.
By Rij Patel '20
On Friday morning, the Crimson left Cambridge to play the practice round and prepare to compete in The MacDonald Cup, the annual Fall Invitational hosted by Yale. The event remains one of the team's favorites, due to familiarity and excellent past performance. In preparation, the men's golf team worked diligently over the course of the past week. The players fought against gloomy weather to further develop skillsets under suboptimal conditions.
Coming off of a second-place finish last week at the Quechee Club Invitational, Harvard came out of the gate strong in the first of two rounds on Saturday with a two-under-par (278) to take a three shot lead. Though leading, the men did not relent, as there were 36 holes of golf to be played. The team concluded the second round early Sunday morning due to play suspended by darkness. Harvard finished round two with at five-over-par (285), which kept the team in contention to defend their title. In the third and final round, the Crimson posted a minus-3 (277) to clinch the event. Harvard's even-par (840) bested Scotland's Stirling University (842), Yale University (847), Princeton University (848), and University of Toledo (851).
Robert Deng '17 led the team again, finishing at -5 (205), five behind Boston College's Matt Naumec. Deng opened the event with a career-low five-under par (65) followed up by a consistent 71-69. Deng continues to put up great showings at Yale after leading the Crimson with a second-place finish last year.
Greg Royston '18 (210) fired a pair of 69s en route to posting an even-par total to finish seventh, followed by Seiya Liu '19 (214), Kendrick Vinar '17 (215), and Rij Patel '20 (217). Liu and Vinar each posted a minus-2 68. Patel rallied with four birdies late in his final round to score a plus-1 (71).
After capturing the MacDonald Cup for the first time in 2015, the men's team has now strung together back-to-back wins at the Yale University Golf Course (par 70, 6810 yards). Harvard will conclude the fall season at University of South Carolina's Camden Collegiate Invitational (October 21-22).
Click the following link for a brief clip of the team having some fun during our wet practice round at Yale at the well-known and challenging 238-yard par-3 ninth hole. Notably, this was played at one-under-par as a team!
Lastly, thank you to all Friends, Family, Coaches, and Supporters of Harvard Golf for your continued patronage. A special thank you to Paul Weissman '52 who came to watch us and spur us on to victory on Sunday. None of what we have accomplished would be possible without you!