To open the 2011 fall season, the Harvard Men's Golf team traveled to Long Island to face conference rivals Yale and Princeton. The weekend's event was played at Sebonack Golf Club in Southhampton, NY, one of America's best modern courses. Sebonack, next door to Shinnecock Hills and National Golf Links, is a beautiful par 72 Jack Nicklaus design that borders the Great Peconic Bay. It plays a long 7,534 yards from the back tees and is well protected by severely undulated greens.
The H-Y-P was restarted last year after a long hiatus. This event is an excellent opportunity to bring together three Ivy League schools and provide a competitive format as a backdrop for building friendship and bonds among team members. Saturday's schedule included a practice round and a dinner event hosted by Yale alums.
On Sunday morning, the Crimson arrived at the picturesque Sebonack ready to beat Princeton and Yale.
Kevin McCarthy '14, leading off for the Crimson, faced a veteran Princeton opponent and a Yale freshman. He played well to beat Patrick Wasserman of Princeton 4&3, but fell just short of Yale's Thomas Greenhalgh.
Seiji Liu '14 played a great round of golf against seniors Jeff Hatten (Yale) and Chase Lovett-Woodsum (Princeton). He defeated Lovett-Woodsum 3&1, but Hatten of Yale holed a 20-foot putt on the 18th hole to square away his victory.
Freshman Akash Mirchandani '15 played very well in his collegiate debut, defeating Will Davenport of Yale 3&1. Unfortunately, his strong Princeton opponent, Bernie D'Amato, prevailed 4&3.
Captain Tony Grillo '12 played against Evan Harmeling (Princeton) and Brad Kushner (Yale), but finished short in both matches.
Mark Pollak '12 played extremely well for the Crimson and was victorious in both matches. He beat Russell Holmes of Yale 3&2 and Greg Jarmas of Princeton 2&1.
Theo Lederhausen '14 struggled with the putter and lost his match against Sam Bernstein of Yale 3&2, but beat Taylor Peck of Princeton 1 up.
After all matches were tallied, the Crimson scored one below Yale but secured a decisive victory over Princeton. Although the loss to Yale was disappointing, it was a very enjoyable weekend of golf and Ivy League camaraderie. The H-Y-P tradition continues to be a success, filled with good competition and strong friendships.
The team is excited for next weekend's tournament at Beth Page in New York, where they aim to improve upon yesterday's performance.
Thomas Greenhalgh (Y) def. Patrick Wasserman (P), 4&3
Kevin McCarthy (H) def. Wasserman (P), 4&3
Greenhalgh (Y) def. McCarthy (H), 2-up
Jeffrey Hatten (Y) def. Chase Lovett-Woodsum (P), 3&2
Seiji Liu (H) def. Lovett-Woodsum (P), 2-1
Hatten (Y) vs. Liu (H), halved
Bernie D'Amato (P) def. William Davenport (Y), 2&1
D'Amato (P), def. Akash Mirchandani (H), 5&4
Mirchandani (H) def. Davenport (Y), 2&1
Bradley Kushner (Y) def. Evan Harmeling (P), 2-up
Harmeling (P) def. Antonio Grillo (H), 5&4
Kushner (Y) def. Grillo (H), 6&5
Greg Jarmas (P) def. Russell Holmes (Y), 2-up
Mark Pollak (H) def. Jarmas (P), 2&1
Pollak (H) def. Holmes (Y), 3&2
Sam Bernstein (Y) def. Taylor Peck (P), 6&5
Theo Lederhausen (H) def. Peck (P), 1-up
Bernstein (Y) def. Lederhausen (H), 3&2