Vinar posted a five-under par round of 65 on Saturday (OAC).
By Kendrick Vinar
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Fresh off its trip to Ann Arbor last weekend, Harvard men's golf built on its hard work to post a strong finish at the St. John's Doc Gimmler. Represented by team captain Akash Mirchandani '15, Rohan Ramnath '16, Un Cho '16, Kendrick Vinar '17, and Gregory Royston '18, the Crimson placed tied for sixth in its second event of the fall season. The upcoming weekend is free of travel before the remaining two tournaments of the fall season.
The team departed campus early Thursday morning to play an afternoon practice round on Long Island. It found Bethpage's Red Course in great shape. The team was grateful for the efforts of the maintenance staff in preparing the course well. Experienced upperclassmen imparted course knowledge to freshman Royston, playing in his first event with the Crimson.
On Friday morning the team warmed up in the brisk morning before its shotgun start. A stout breeze challenged the team's ability to control the ball flight around A.W. Tillinghast's creative design. The team scored well in the cool of the morning round, posting a one-under par score of 279. Mirchandani and Vinar led the team with one-under par rounds of 69. Cho and Ramnath shot rounds of 70 and 71, respectively. Royston fired a two-over par 72 in his first collegiate round. Their strong performance left them tied for second with another round to play.
The afternoon round challenged the team's endurance and ability to focus on controllable factors as fatigue mounted and afternoon winds strengthened. Ramnath battled back from a triple bogey on the first hole of his second round to shoot a remarkable three-under par round of 67. Vinar fended off a late shank on his penultimate hole to post a one-over par round of 71. Cho maintained his sharp form with a two-over par round of 72. Mirchandani and Royston concluded Friday with matching rounds of 77. The Crimson slipped to tie for sixth place after the afternoon's seven-over par aggregate score of 287.
Rested and eager to begin the final round, the team prepared for forecasted inclement weather prior to its morning tee times. Royston, playing first for the Crimson, started and finished his round with tap-in birdies en route to a three-over par round of 73. Mirchandani bounced back to typical form with a one-under par round of 69. His round was highlighted by a pitch-in for eagle on the par five fifth. Cho leaned on his putter en route to a 78. Vinar needed only twenty-three putts to post a five-under par round of 65. Ramnath, who buried a fifty-five foot birdie putt on the difficult par-4, anchored the team with a one-over par round of 71. The team fired a final round 278, its lowest team score of the tournament.
Overall, the weekend was a success. The team conducted itself well, handled the windy conditions with poise, and continued to focus on what makes them play best. We look forward to the rest of the fall season with excitement.
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