Harvard Men's Golf Tops Cornell in Spring Opener

Akash Mirchandani and the Crimson will resume action at the Princeton Invitational April 14 (Harvard Athletic Communications).

by Antonio Grillo '12

HOBE SOUND, Fla. -- On the final day of their spring training trip, the men in crimson headed to Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida to take on the Cornell Big Red. Medalist is a challenging 7150-yard, Par 72 Greg Norman design where many PGA Tour pros hone their games including recent addition Tiger Woods. 

Arriving at the course early, the team was reminded of the presence of great players at Medalist, as PGA Touring Professional Rickie Fowler greeted both teams at the first tee. 
Harvard had been practicing for a full week and Cornell had arrived in Florida to start their spring training trip two days before the match.  As expected based upon their strong week of preparation, Harvard got off to a hot start in most of their matches and maintained strong leads.  Harvard won handily, posting a 7-1 match play record. The Crimson was able to outplay the Big Red through consistent ball striking in fierce winds. Most impressive was sophomore Kevin McCarthy who played two players from Cornell due to uneven teams, besting both opponents 5&4.
When the team came off the 18th green they were treated to a spectacular barbecue lunch set up by the Medalist staff.  It was a truly spectacular day that the men will never forget. A special thanks to Cornell graduate and Professor Mike Troy for hosting both teams!
Reflecting back on the trip, it can be said that this was one of the most productive Spring Training trips in recent history. Thank you to all of our Friends for making the experience possible. We look forward to bringing you an Ivy League Championship in April!