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Stonewall (Elverson, Pa.)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's golf team will compete for its third-straight Ivy League Championship this weekend at Stonewall in Elverson, Pa. The tournament is set to take place over three days, with one 18-hole round per day Friday through Sunday.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's golf team rallied to best its round one score by seven strokes to finish seventh overall at the Princeton Invitational. The Crimson completed two rounds of play with a total score of 583, plus-15. Rookie Grant Fairbairn shot a monster second round, carding a 69, two-under and a new career low round. Paired with a solid 73 from round one, Fairbairn finished tied for fifth overall in the tournament.
Line 'Em Up
Harvard will be fielding its tried and true lineup that has carried it through the 2017-18 regular season. Greg Royston, Aurian Capart, Rij Patel, Ryan Rhee and Grant Fairbairn will be representing the Crimson in contention for its fifth program and third straight league title.
Scouting the Ivy League
Harvard currently ranks third in the Ivy League behind Yale and Cornell. Through seven tournaments each, Yale has carded a low round of 279 as a team, while Cornell and Harvard have posted low rounds of 280 and 283 respectively. Harvard sits just below the Big Red with an average score of 292.71 compared to 292.18 while the Bulldogs lead the conference averaging 287.56.
Individually, Harvard ranks four of its top five golfers in the top-20 of the league. Greg Royston is holding down seventh among Ivy League competitors with an average score of 73.00, less than two strokes behind conference leader Mike Graboyes of Cornell. Yale could do the most damage, with five athletes ranked in the top-20, four in the top-10.
Heading into championships, Columbia, Princeton and Dartmouth will have had the most competition experience, playing in eight tournaments each to date while Brown has seen the least action, only having six outings under its belt.
Stonewall features two courses on site, the Old Course and the North Course. 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.
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.
The winner of the Ivy League tournament will earn an automatic bid to one of six NCAA Regional sites, set for May 14-16.