Springdale Golf Club
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's golf team will close out regular season competition this coming weekend at the Princeton Invitational. The tournament is set for April 7-8 and will be the team's final outing before competing for its third-straight Ivy League Championship April 20-22. Live stats will be available this weekend via Golfstat.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's golf team placed 15th at the Furman Intercollegiate Tournament with an overall score of 903 (+39). The Crimson was consistent through all three rounds, carding combined scores of 301back-to-back-to-back, despite the second round being split over two days due to lightning.
Greg Royston and Rij Patel led the Crimson, finishing tied in the top-50 at 224. Royston posted rounds of 72-74-78 to open the spring season, while Rij Patel put together a power third round, scoring one under par to finish plus-eight (78-75-71). Patel's third round score ranked in the top-10 for that round and boosted him from 78th into the top-50 of 123 competitors.
Harvard will field the same lineup as it did two weeks ago, sending Aurian Capart, Rij Patel, Greg Royston, Grant Fairbairn and Ryan Rhee to represent the Crimson at Princeton. Three of the five tied their career low or set a new career low during the fall season and Rij Patel came within two strokes of his career low on round three at Furman.
Scouting the Field
Harvard will be competing against five other Ivy League schools this weekend, which should give the Crimson a good look at what they may face in a few weeks at championships. Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Penn and Yale will all be trekking to New Jersey for the tournament.
The Springdale Golf Course was originally designed in 1915 and was revised in 1926. From the blue tees, the course is 6380 yards with a course rating of 70.5 and slope of 131. Par for the course is 71. The clubhouse was a civil war era farmhouse and was a gift of the Princeton Class of 1886.
Ivy League Championships
This season, the Ivy League Championships are set to take place at the Stonewall Golf Courses. The golf courses, both designed by Tom Doak and his company Renaissance Golf, complement each other. Each offers a decidedly different approach to the game. The Old Course, with more demanding shot values and an emphasis on driving accuracy and distance, complements the North Course, which offers more generous landing areas, but requires a more exacting short game. The Old Course is a walking only golf course. The North Course, while encouraging the use of caddies, allows golf carts.
Stonewall's Old Course has been ranked among Golf Magazine's top one hundred golf courses in the United States, while the North Course was named one of the top ten best new courses in the country by "The Golfer" magazine. Both have been widely accepted by local and national golf communities. The Old Course has hosted a number of prestigious events since its opening in July 1993 including the Pennsylvania Open, the Philadelphia Amateur and the Philadelphia Open. The North Course, opened August 2003, has hosted the Mary Farnum Cup for the WGAP and the Jack Connelly Invitational in 2005.
Ivy League Network
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Following the Princeton Invitational, Harvard will shift gears to prepare for the Ivy League Championships set for April 20-22.