|Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge
Sept. 23-24, 2017
Quechee Club Highland Course
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's golf team will continue the 2017-18 season this coming weekend at the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge hosted by Dartmouth in Quechee, Vt. The tournament will consist of two rounds, 18 holes each day of competition.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's golf team opened the 2017-18 season with a fifth-place finish at Doc Gimmler, hosted by St. John's at the Bethpage State Park Red Course. In total, 14 teams and 78 individuals competed in the two-day event.
In the team competition, Harvard finished the tournament with an overall score of 851 (283-283-285) and plus-11. The Crimson trailed fourth place Yale by just two strokes and Florida State took the team title with a three-round total of 827, 13 under par.
Individually, senior captain Greg Royston had the best finish for Harvard, tying for sixth overall (66-71-71, -2). In the opening round, Royston tied his career low of 66 that he set at last season's Doc Gimmler. Rij Patel and Ryan Rhee also scored in all three rounds for the Crimson, finishing with overall scores of 215 and 216 respectively. After a challenging first round, junior Aurian Capart rebounded to finish tied for 17th and four over par (75-69-70).
Greg Royston, Aurian Capart, Rij Patel and Ryan Rhee will again take the top four spots in the Crimson lineup. Peter George will be slotted in the No. 5 spot, competing in the team portion of a tournament for the first time in his collegiate career. Harvard was again awarded an individual competitor position, which will be filled by freshman Chase Furey making his collegiate debut for the Crimson.
Scouting the Field
This weekend, the Crimson will compete against 11 other programs including Ivy League foes Dartmouth, Princeton, and Cornell. Dartmouth and Cornell have competed in two tournaments already, while Princeton began its 2017-18 campaign just last week. The first week of the season, Cornell finished second at the Alex Lagowitz Memorial Invitational, led by Mike Graboyes who finished second in the individual competition behind Penn's Josh Goldenberg. The Big Red followed up with a third-place finish at its own tournament, Dartmouth taking fifth and Brown taking 13th. Cornell and Dartmouth will see familiar faces at Quechee, having competed against Temple, Bucknell and Siena in Ithaca, N.Y.
After a one year hiatus, Harvard will return to the Highland Course at the Quechee Club. The Highland Course ranks as one of the top ten courses in the state of Vermont, featuring rolling hills, tree-lined fairways, rock walls and bunkers. The course has a par 72 rating with difficult par 3 holes.