QUECHEE, Vt. – The Harvard men's golf team notched a strong showing at the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge, finishing second of 15 teams with a two-day score of 580, four over par. The Crimson, playing at the Lakeland course at the Quechee Golf Club, was two strokes off winner Rhode Island (279-299-578).
Ivy League rivals Cornell (588, +12), Penn (591, +15) and Columbia (597, +21)rounded out the top-5. Dartmouth ranked seventh and Brown placed 10th overall.
Senior Robert Deng and junior Greg Royston tied for third place with one-under scores of 143. Deng, competing individually, shot a 73 on day one and rebounded to shoot the best score of the Crimson golfers on day two (70, -2). Royston posted scores of 72 and 71.
On day one, Seiya Liu earned the best Crimson score (70, -2) and finished fifth overall with a 144 mark. Overall, Harvard had five in the top-10, as Rij Patel and Kendrick Vinar posted identical scores of 71-74 to finish one-over at 145 and taken seventh place.
The Crimson will be back in action next weekend at the MacDonald Cup, hosted by Yale.
After a two-week break, the Harvard Men's Golf Team traveled to Vermont to compete in the Quechee Invitational hosted by Dartmouth at the Quechee Golf Club. Seven of the team members traveled to the tournament since Harvard was slotted two individual spots. This contributed to an incredible van atmosphere on the ride to Dartmouth since every player was excited to spend time together and compete this week.
As soon as the team arrived at the golf club, they went directly to the tee, eager to discover the course. This year, the Quechee Golf Club decided to host their event on their "Lakeland" course while previous tournaments were contested on the Highland course. After the practice round and an awesome dinner hosted by Dartmouth at the clubhouse, the team headed to Mr. Steffey's house to rest up for the first round. The Harvard golf team always strives to pursue excellence; each team member and the coaches try to read as much as possible about golf and its greatest players. In doing so, they found an article about USA Ryder cup members playing ping-pong as a bonding experience before the tournament. Therefore, they seized the opportunity to compete when they discovered a ping-pong table in the house. Some thrilling games and moments occurred between the "Boys", but the best part was that the team members left the table feeling closer than ever to one another. At the end of the day, everyone understood why the American team uses ping-pong to pump up before the Ryder Cup.
After a good night of sleep, the team returned to Quechee to play the first round. The highlights of that round were a two-under-par (70) from Seiya Liu '19, which was the best Crimson score of the day and the hole out eagle Rij Patel '20 made on the second hole on his way to a one-under (71). He described being really confident before hitting a crisp nine iron that bounced twice before rolling into the cup. It was an unbelievable shot from the Harvard freshman, who witnessed a "hole-in-one" from one of his playing partners later during the round. At the end of the day, Team Harvard was third, two behind Penn, and 10 shots behind the leader, University of Rhode Island. The team shared a nice dinner together and went to bed early to be ready for a tough battle on a windy and chilly day.
As expected, the next morning was cold with a thirty-minute frost delay. The team was not perturbed by this change, as fall weather experienced in Boston prepared them for this challenge. Playing as an individual, Robert Deng '17 shot the best Crimson round of the day with a two-under-par, 70 and finished as Harvard's top at the third place. Greg Royston '18 posted a great round for "Team Harvard" with a 71, starting the round the best way possible by draining a 40-foot birdie on the first hole. This spring boarded his round and an amazing chip on the par 5 eighteenth helped him to finish with a birdie as well. The Team had the lowest total on the day, which placed Harvard into second place overall and first out of the competing Ivy league teams.
The team had a great tournament and this second place shows that the team is moving in a great direction. We would like to thank the Steffey family for graciously hosting the men's team in their amazing house, the Friends of Harvard, the coaches, and Fred Schernecker for their immense contribution to our team. We would not be able to do what we are doing without their support. This gives us the chance to enjoy amazing experiences that we will always remember.