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Men's Golf Opens Spring with Third-Place Finish at Met Invitational

Robert Deng and the Crimson will next compete at the Princeton Invitational April 12-13 (Harvard Athletic Communications).

By Rohan Ramnath '16

After indoor training and a spring training trip, the men were eager to compete.  They opened their spring season at the Met Invitational hosted by Yale University in Purchase, N.Y.  The men left early Friday morning for their practice round at Old Oaks Country Club, one of two host courses for the tournament.  Having played in cold and rain the week leading up to the tournament, the Crimson were well prepared for the wet conditions during their practice round and all team members were able to take advantage of the opportunity to see the golf course for the first time.  Thanks to the amazing work of the course superintendent and his staff, th e greens were rolling beautifully and the course was in amazing shape.  The men then headed to nearby Century Country Club, the second host course, and the younger team members were treated to a course tour by Captain Theo Lederhausen '14, who had played there in previous years.  After braving rain and nearly freezing temperatures throughout the practice day, the official tournament activities commenced with a buffet dinner at Old Oaks.

Thank you to Mr. Paul Weissman '52 for his delightful company at the banquet dinner, for braving the cold to watch us at Century CC, and for his continued support of the program. It is always appreciated to have alumni supporters at events!

The men woke to a brighter day and headed to Century CC to warm up for their first round.  The course proved to be a tough test for the entire field with its long par fours, tight fairways, and gusting winds.  The Crimson showed their preparation and were paced by Lederhausen, sophomore Rohan Ramnath '16, and freshman Daniel De La Garza '17 who each shot 76.  Junior Akash Mirchandani '15 followed with a round of 79 and the team was rounded out by freshman Kendrick Vinar '17 with a round of 82.  Freshman Robert Deng '17, playing as an individual, showed off his low, penetrating ball flight and carded a round of 77.

The men then transitioned to Old Oaks CC after a quick lunch and tackled a very different challenge as Old Oaks featured tighter fairways and more slippery greens.  As winds continued to blow strongly and the men approached the latter stages of their first 36-hole day since the previous fall, the team focused on controllable factors and positive attitudes.  Vinar bounced back in strong form to lead the team with a five-over-par 75.  He was followed by Lederhausen and Deng who fired rounds of 78 apiece.  Mirchandani and Ramnath finished with 79 each and De La Garza finished with an 84.  

The Crimson finished in 3rd place with an aggregate score of 628.  More importantly the team gained valuable experience and continued to build confidence towards the rest of their spring season. They will next play at Princeton in their first 54-hole event of the spring season this coming weekend.