CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s golf team welcomed two recruits to the class of 2014 in an announcement from Director of Golf Fred Schernecker.
Theodore Lederhausen (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Seiji Liu (Beverly Hills, Calif.) will join the Crimson this fall as it begins workout at the illustrious The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. The two newcomers will give the Crimson nine members on the roster while fellow rookies Michael Lai (Redlands, Calif.) and Kevin McCarthy (Lynn, Mass.) will also compete for roster spots during the fall.
“We are excited to have a deep freshman class joining us,” said Schernecker. “The strength of the incoming class is a further reflection of our continued progress as a program. The group is the most decorated in recent memory and is especially noteworthy in both of our recruited student-athletes were HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans in both 2008 and 2009.”
Only 12 girls and 12 boys receive the HP Scholastic Junior All-America honor each season. Harvard now boasts 10 such awardees all-time with seven currently on the Crimson men’s and women’s rosters (Louis Amira, Christine Cho, Mark Pollak, Bonnie Hu, Katie Sylvan, Liu and Lederhausen). Liu and Lederhausen also bring significant other credentials to the golf course as Harvard strengthens its position as the leading program in the region.
Liu recently completed his participation in the 2010 Canon Cup, playing for the victorious west squad. The Canon Cup is an annual team match play competition featuring the 10 best male and 10 best female junior golfers from the East of the Mississippi River versus their counterparts from the West. This year’s event was played at the Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.
Liu, who played at the well-known IMG Academies for The Pendleton School, ended his junior career ranked 38th nationally by Golfweek/Titleist while finishing ranked 12th in the Class of 2010 with a power rating of 71.94. His school’s valedictorian, Liu has seven career AJGA Top-10 Finishes and 12 Top-15 finishes including a second-place finish at the 2008 AJGA Mayakoba Classic.
Lederhausen was ranked 41st in the country in the class of 2010 by National Junior Golf Scoreboard. A US Junior Amateur qualifier in 2008, Lederhausen earned a trio of 3rd place finishes in AJGA open events during his high school career. Among his accolades are a first place finish in the AJGA Deutsche Bank Championship in 2009 and fourth place finishes at the 4th seed for the 2009 AJGA Polo Invitational match play and Illinois State championships.
Hailing from a golf family, Lederhausen has two sisters, Alexandra and Rebecca, who are on the golf team at Northwestern. Their mother, Jessica, is a former player at UCLA who also had a professional career.