GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Harvard men's golf team placed 15th at the Furman Intercollegiate Tournament with an overall score of 903 (+39). The Crimson was consistent through all three rounds, carding combined scores of 301back-to-back-to-back, despite the second round being split over two days due to lightning.
North Florida took an overwhelming win in Greenville, scoring 847, 17 under par. Three of the Osprey's competitors finished in the top-10 individually, including Phillip Knowles who took home the individual title with rounds of 66, 71 and 70. West Virginia took second place at 865, plus-one. Virginia Tech followed closely with a score of 867 and South Carolina Aiken and Furman tied for fourth at 875, plus-11.
Greg Royston and Rij Patel led the Crimson, finishing tied in the top-50 at 224. Royston posted rounds of 72-74-78 to open the spring season, while Rij Patel put together a power third round, scoring one under par to finish plus-eight (78-75-71). Patel's third round score ranked in the top-10 for that round and boosted him from 78th into the top-50 of 123 competitors.
Round One Highlights
- Harvard ranked fifth overall with 64 at or below par holes.
- Grant Fairbairn and Greg Royston hit three birdies apiece.
Round Two Highlights
- Rij Patel carded four birdies in round 2, on holes 2, 3, 6 and 15. On hole three, just 25 of 123 competitors posted one-under holes.
- Hole 8 proved to challenge the tournament field the most in round 2, players averaging +0.5 strokes on the par 3.
Round Three Highlights
- Greg Royston had the fourth best average on par five holes. (4.58 strokes per hole)
- Rij Patel and Ryan Rhee tallied 10 birdies each.
- Harvard hit at or below par on 66.7 percent of holes (180/270)
Up next, the Crimson will return north to compete in the Princeton Invitational at Springdale Golf Club. The tournament is scheduled for April 7-8.