Xiao Wins Collegiate Debut, Men’s Golf Raises Trophy at Ryan T. Lee Memorial

Grant Fairbairn takes a swing on the golf course

SIMSBURY, Conn. – Winning its first tournament since the 2017 Ivy League Championship, Harvard men's golf cruised to a 21-stroke victory at the Ryan T. Lee Memorial, held at Hop Meadow Country Club.

First-year Adam Xiao won the tournament in his collegiate debut, firing a five-under par 139 (68-71) to win by four strokes. Fellow first-year Brian Ma joined junior Grant Fairbairn in sharing second place at one-under (143), while junior Oliver Cordeiro and senior Rij Patel wrapped in fifth- and seventh-place, respectively, at even par and one over.

Xiao kicked off the event with a first round 68, finishing as the only sub-70 round of the weekend. After three birdies on the front nine, he finished the opening day with an eagle on 17 and a birdie on 18. The Crimson finished day one occupying all five of the top-five positions, with each golfer registering rounds below par.

The great start continued into day two for the Crimson as Xiao coasted to victory with a one-under 71. Ma led the Crimson with five birdies in the second round.

Harvard Highlights

  • Xiao became Harvard's first individual tournament winner since Rohan Ramnath '16 won the Yale Invitational in 2014.
  • All five Harvard golfers finished inside the top-10, leading the program to its first team title since the Ivy League Championship in 2017.
  • Harvard won the event with a seven-under 569, besting second-place Columbia by 21 strokes.

Results (281-288-569, -7)
Adam Xiao – 68-71, -5
Brian Ma – 71-72, -1
Grant Fairbairn – 71-72, -1
Oliver Cordeiro – 71-73, E
Rij Patel – 71-74, +1

What's Next?
The team returns to action Sept. 21-22 at the Dartmouth Invitational, held at Hanover Country Club.