Ramnath won his singles match, 3-2, to help secure the victory (OAC).
By: Hale Furey '18
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. - The Harvard men's golf team arrived in East Hampton on Long Island Friday afternoon excited for the match with the Yale Bulldogs. Little fuel was needed to stoke the competitive fires. In addition to the long-standing rivalry between the two universities, Harvard had played in Yale's MacDonald Cup two weeks earlier and had finished one stroke behind Yale on it's home course.
The Maidstone Golf Club served as the host venue thanks to the generosity and hospitality of John McNiff – Yale alum and parent of team members – club president Emil Henry, Greens Chairman Mark Graham, and the membership at Maidstone. Maidstone is a wonderful match play venue that rewards strategy over strength.
Following a brief warm-up, the Crimson teed off in the practice round at Maidstone and began to strategize. The match against Yale would be in the format of four foursome (alternate shot) matches in the morning and eight singles matches in the afternoon. Each match was worth one point. With a total of 12 points available, the winner would be the first team to earn 6.5 points. The Crimson chose partners for the morning foursomes based off a combination of playing styles and personalities. Making an effort to carefully match partners for the alternate shot matches would prove crucial. With breezes of up to 25 mph, the team worked to understand the dominant wind and enjoyed the stunning ocean views.
Following an afternoon of preparation, the Crimson headed to the host homes to rest for the 36-hole duel. Sincere thanks go out to our host families in East Hampton -- Arthur and Maria Dodge and Alistair and Kathy Binks. Their generosity and kindness in opening their homes to our team members is greatly appreciated.
Sophomore Daniel De La Garza '17 and freshman Peter Chang '18 led the Crimson in the first foursome match. Long drives from De La Garza and consistency from Chang helped the duo earn the Crimson its first point with a "3 and 2" victory. Robert Deng '17 and Hale Furey '18 played strategically and did well to hole key putts and keep the momentum on their way to a solid victory. Deng controlled the ball well on into the wind holes, flighting the ball low with minimal spin, and Furey did well to shape his shots both ways. All this helped them to a "4 and 3" victory. Gregory Royston '18 and Kendrick Vinar '17 got off to an ideal start, 2-under through the first five holes. Solid play for the remainder of the round helped the partners close out Yale's third pairing "3 and 2". Captain Akash Mirchandani '15 and Rohan Ramnath '16 opened with a birdie and continued their solid play, missing only one fairway en route to a "4 and 3" victory against Yale's top pairing.
At the end of the morning session, the Crimson held a 4-0 advantage.
The intensity level increased as the eight afternoon singles matches commenced. Chang fought back from a four-down-through-six start to stand on the 18th tee one down. Chang's nine iron from the fairway settled within a foot to secure a tie in the match and a half point against Yale's Henry Cassriel. De la Garza persevered but finished one down in his match with James Park. Vinar also brought his match with Yale's Johnny Lai to the 18th hole, but fell one short as well. Battling all afternoon, Mirchandani and Royston lost four and three to Thomas Greenhalgh and Joe Willis, respectively. For those keeping score, the match stood 4.5 – 3.5 with Harvard holding a slim lead.
Furey came to the 18th hole with a one-hole lead on Yale's Will Bernstein. With darkness fast approaching, Furey holed a 50-foot putt over a ridge with roughly five feet of break from right to left to secure a one-up win in his match and a vital point. Shortly after, Ramnath had an eagle putt on the par-5 16th hole. Following struggles on the hole from opponent Li Wang, the Bulldog conceded both the hole and the match. The Crimson had secured the winning point!
Deng played spectacular golf all day, especially in his afternoon battle with Yale's Will Davenport. Several under par, yet one hole down to Davenport, Deng conceded his match on the 16th hole due to impending darkness after the Crimson had locked up the winning point. Harvard finished one point ahead of the Bulldogs, 6.5 – 5.5.
More importantly, the day allowed team members to experience thrilling competition and camaraderie with a great group of players from Yale.
Harvard men's golf would like to thank the Friends of Harvard Golf for their continued strong support. Special thanks goes out to the Dodge family and the Binks family who graciously hosted us this weekend. We genuinely appreciate all the opportunities that we have as members of the Harvard golf team. The team feels proud to end the fall season on a high note and looks forward to continuing to compete at a high level throughout the spring season.
FOURSOME MATCH RESULTS
- Daniel De La Garza / Peter Chang def. Yale 3&2
- Robert Deng / Hale Furey def. Yale 4&3
- Greg Royston / Kendrick Vinar def. Yale 3&2
- Akash Mirchandani / Rohan Ramnath def. Yale 4&3
INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS
- Robert Deng DNF due to darkness
- Rohan Ramnath def. Yale 3&2
- Yale def. Akash Mirchandani 4&3
- Yale def. Greg Royston 4&3
- Yale def. Kendrick Vinar 1 up
- Hale Furey def. Yale 1 up
- Yale def. Daniel De La Garza 1 up
- Peter Chang halved with Yale