The Doc Gimmler
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's golf team is set to open the 2017-18 season Sept. 9-10 at the Doc Gimmler hosted by St. John's. The team will play two rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday to round out the tournament. The Crimson will compete against 13 other programs at the Bethpage State Park Red Course in Farmingdale, N.Y.
Harvard will put forth a seasoned group of golfers to begin the 2017-18 season. Greg Royston, Aurian Capart, Ryan Rhee and Rij Patel all return from last season's roster while Grant Fairbairn will make his collegiate debut at the Doc Gimmler. Rookie Peter George will also participate as an individual competitor in the tournament.
The Doc Gimmler continues to draw some of the top competition in the country. This year's edition will feature three programs that advanced to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Florida State, Harvard and Loyola (Md.) will all make their season debuts this coming weekend, fresh off their NCAA appearances last May.
For the 2017-18 season, Harvard will field five returning members from the 2016-17 roster and two talented freshmen. Reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Greg Royston, and junior Aurian Capart are expected to guide the team to even greater success.
Last Season at Doc Gimmler
Harvard men's golf opened the 2016-17 season with a sixth-place finish of 13 teams at the Doc Gimmler played on the Red Course at the Bethpage State Park Golf Course.
The Crimson finished with a three-day total of 852 (285-286-281), just one stroke off fifth-place finisher Villanova (851, 290-280-281). Harvard was plus-12 on the weekend. Rhode Island won the event with a score of 825 (274, 272, 279), which was good for minus-15.
Head coach Kevin Rhoads begins his sixth season at the helm of the Harvard men's golf program. Under his leadership, the Crimson has won back-to-back Ivy League championships in 2016 and 2017. Rhoads was also tabbed Ivy League Coach of the Year at the conclusion of both seasons. In 2017, the men set a program record for scoring average at 287.70 and Rhoads guided four athletes to All-Ivy honors, including Ivy League Player of the Year, Greg Royston.
This season, the Crimson welcomes Mike Fucito as an assistant coach for the men's program. Fucito, a Harvard graduate and decorated member of the soccer team, returns to Cambridge after seven years playing Major League Soccer. Golf Digest named Fuctio No. 16 in its Top 100 Professional Athlete Golfers in the December 2016 issue. In addition to coaching, Fucito serves as a PGA Apprentice at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Harvard will return to the course on Sept. 23 and 24 for Dartmouth's Quechee Invitational.