Rohan Ramnath placed first among the individuals (Harvard Athletic Communications).
By Kendrick Vinar '17
Fresh off their victory last week at the Princeton Invitational, Harvard Men's Golf rolled to another win at the Yale Spring Invitational with a team consisting of captain Theo Lederhausen '14, Akash Mirchandani '15, Un Cho '16, Daniel de la Garza '17, and Robert Deng '17. The Men's Team earned their second win of the spring season with a thirteen-stroke victory over Yale and twenty-two-stroke margin over third place. Rohan Ramnath '16, playing as an individual, torched the Course at Yale during his second round to pick up medalist honors with rounds of 75-64(!) – low round of the tournament by 5 strokes.
The team departed campus early Friday morning to play an afternoon practice round. They found the course in great shape. The team was grateful for the efforts of the maintenance staff in preparing the course well despite the unseasonably cold winter. Experienced upperclassmen imparted their course knowledge and helped guide the freshmen around the unique course at Yale.
The team warmed up early Saturday morning by rolling a few putts before their shotgun start. Yale paired themselves with Dartmouth and the Crimson, a repeat of last weekend's pairings during the final round at Princeton. The team thrived in the gusting winds of the morning round, posting a tournament low score of 281 (+1). Mirchandani, building off the momentum built last week with his individual win, seized the first round lead with a one-under par round of 69. His round was highlighted by a drive that found the green on the downhill 340-yard 11th. Deng's deft short game carried him to an even par round of 70. Lederhausen and Cho rounded out the morning round with rounds of 71.
The afternoon round presented the Crimson with the opportunity to test their focus, patience, and endurance as they rounded the undulating course for a second time. Winds that changed direction capriciously meant well-struck shots often ended up in places that did not reflect the quality of the strike. Coach Kevin Rhoads remarked that the team did an exceptional job of not allowing the conditions and poor breaks to dictate our composure or focus. The team posted a final round score of 292 to claim first place. This was the first win a Yale since 2009 and set new Harvard best low scores at Yale for 18 and 36 holes. Lederhausen led t he team with a final round 71. Cho posted a 73, while Deng and de la Garza finished with 74s. Mirchandani shot 75.
The star of the afternoon was Ramnath, who caught fire with eight birdies, including a near ace on the 187-yard par 3 9th, to shoot a six-under par 64 and earn medalist honors with a two-round total of 139. Ramnath's 64 was a 2-stroke improvemen t over the team record low round set by Mirchandani the previous week. Individuals Seiji Liu '14 and Kendrick Vinar '17 also played well, posting rounds of 73-73 and 74-74, respectively, finishing in 8th place and T-111th. The Crimson amazingly had six individuals in the top 8 of the tournament!
Overall, the weekend was a great success. The team conducted themselves well, handled the conditions with poise, and continued to focus on what makes them play best. The win was an added bonus. The team looks forward to Wednesday's departure for the Ivy League Championship, where we look to continue the great momentum we have been building.
To Director of Golf Fred Schernecker, Coaches Kevin Rhoads and Daniel Joseph, and all our Friends who support Harvard Golf, our most sincere thanks. Special thanks to Paul Weissman '52 who made the trip back to his hometown to watch us play. His continued and meaningful support is appreciated by all of the team members.