Harvard's varsity golfers, hoping to go to the NCAA championships, suffered a 5-2 setback on Saturday at the hands of Eastern titlists Princeton, but a win by captain Bruce LoPucki enabled him to tie three others for most victories in a season by a Harvard golfer.
LoPucki's match went the full eighteen holes, but the Crimson captain denied his opponent, Mike Porter, and opportunity to tie the match by winning the hole to triumph 2 up. LoPucki and Porter have played each other for three years, but this was LoPucki's first win over Porter, who was Easterns champ last year. However, neither played particularly impressive golf on Saturday.
This was LoPucki's 13th victory, tying him with teammate Yank Heisler, Frank Dodge '59, and Ted Cooney '54 for most in one season. But LoPucki's winning percentage was the highest of the four.
Jack Purdy, who lost only two matches this spring, won his 12th, 4 and 3, over Chuck Chambers, whose 151 was one of the best rounds at the Easterns.
The match between number ones featured Heisler and the Tigers' Bud Zachery. The Princeton golfer shot the low qualifying round, a 148, on his way to the winning the Eastern individual title last weekend. He beat Heisler, 3 and 2.
Sophomore Cooch Owen and Barney Oldfield both fell by a score of 5 and 4. Owen's loss was to the always colorful Chip Chop.
Princeton captain Hal Hoeland handed Tommy Wynne his fifth defeat of the year, 2 and 1. Crimson number seven man Joe Tibbetts was just shy of equaling last spring's 11-3 record as he dropped his match to Don Adams.
Harvard lost its final two matches of the year but still complied an excellent 11-3 record, rolling over most opponents by lopsided scores.
This is the second strong season in a row. Yet there is still a chance that the athletic department will refuse to send the golfers to the NCAA's in Brood-moor, Colorado.
Even though Princeton is the top team in the East, the department may reason that this loss is sufficient grounds for not sending Crimson representatives.
The situation is similar to the plight of two wrestlers, John Imrie and Mark Faller, last winter. Since neither finished first or second in the Easterns, the athletic department would not pay for their trip to the NCAA's.
But the two thought the trip would be worthwhile, so they hitchhiked to Chicago, then drove to Utah. Imrie turned in an excellent performance, wrestling at heavyweight instead of at 191, to finish eighth in the tournament.