FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The Harvard men's golf team opened the 2017-18 season with a fifth-place finish at Doc Gimmler, hosted by St. John's at the Bethpage State Park Red Course. In total, 14 teams and 78 individuals competed in the two-day event.
In the team competition, Harvard finished the tournament with an overall score of 851 (283-283-285) and plus-11. The Crimson trailed fourth place Yale by just two strokes and Florida State took the team title with a three-round total of 827, 13 under par.
Individually, senior captain Greg Royston had the best finish for Harvard, tying for sixth overall (66-71-71, -2). In the opening round, Royston tied his career low of 66 that he set at last season's Doc Gimmler. Rij Patel and Ryan Rhee also scored in all three rounds for the Crimson, finishing with overall scores of 215 and 216 respectively. After a challenging first round, junior Aurian Capart rebounded to finish tied for 17th and four over par (75-69-70).
Rounding out the Crimson six were freshmen Grant Fairbairn and Peter George who appeared in their first collegiate outings. Fairbairn ended the weekend with a low-round of 73 while George rallied to score a 72 on day two.
- As a team, Harvard ranked third on par 3 and par 4 holes, averaging 3.03 and 4.12 strokes, respectively.
- All five team entries scored for the Crimson in at least one round.
- Rij Patel set a new career low of 69 in the second round.
- Greg Royston ranked second on par 4 holes, averaging 3.89 strokes.
- Ryan Rhee led the team with 40 par holes while Greg Royston tallied a team high 10 birdies.
- Rij Patel and Peter George tied for sixth on par 3 holes, averaging 2.92 strokes.
Next up, Harvard is set to travel to the Quechee Invitational hosted by Dartmouth Sept. 23-24. The women's team will also open competition that weekend at the Penn State Invitational.