Day One Recap
ELVERSON, Pa. – The Harvard men's golf team powered through round two of Ivy League Championships today to move from fourth to tied for first in the standings. The team bested its round one score by a whopping 14 strokes, led by freshman Grant Fairbairn who played his way to tied for third overall, posting a score of 71 in the second round.
Harvard is currently locked with Yale, posting a combined 598 apiece. While the Crimson made a huge improvement from day one to day two, the Bulldogs have played two consistent rounds. The duo sits eight strokes ahead of Cornell and 13 stokes ahead of Penn. In the individual tournament, three Harvard competitors rank in the top-10 heading into the final day of competition.
In addition to Fairbairn's six-stroke drop from day one to day two, Greg Royston rolls in just below his teammate having carded a 73, plus-three in today's affair. Rij Patel played another 75 in round two, maintaining a top rank, currently tied for seventh in the competition.
Round Two Highlights
- Through two, Harvard has hit more birdies than any other team in the tournament (18).
- Grant Fairbairn hit all five of his birdies today.
- Hole 17 proved to be the most difficult in round two, with less than half of the total field hitting at or below par. Grant Fairbairn, Rij Patel and Ryan Rhee were three of them.
The Crimson will return to Stonewall tomorrow, April 22, for round three of the Ivy League Championships. Should the Crimson take the team title at the end of tomorrow's round, Harvard will earn its third-straight automatic bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament.