Competing in its final tournament of the season, the Harvard men’s golf team capped its 2013-2014 campaign with a third-place finish at the Ivy League Championships this weekend. The Crimson shot an 895 over three rounds, finishing 55 strokes over par.
Nonetheless, while the team fell short of first, one Harvard golfer stood above the rest. In his final match as a member of the Crimson, captain Theodore Lederhausen brought home the individual Ivy title, shooting a five-over 215. He finished tied atop the leaderboard with Brown’s Nelson Hargrove.
“[Lederhausen's] game was really sharp,” Harvard coach Kevin Rhoads said. “His distance control with his irons was the best that I’ve kind of seen [from] anybody. He really had control over his approach shots onto the greens, which made scoring so much easier than most people found it.”
Fresh off his second-place finish at the Yale Invitational last weekend, Lederhausen shot a 72 in both of the first two rounds, before finishing with a one-over 71 on Sunday. With the win, the senior became just the third golfer in team history to take first place at the Ivy League Championships and the first since 1998.
After winning its last two tournaments, the Crimson carried its momentum into the first round at Baltusrol Golf Club on Friday. Harvard shot a 299 on the day, putting the team in a tie atop the leaderboard with Dartmouth.
Saturday, the Crimson had to fight off difficult weather conditions, including three rain delays occurring after most of the other teams had already finished. Harvard still bested its opening round score by six strokes with a 293, but the score actually sent the team in the opposite direction, as the Crimson fell two spots to third.
“We got a little bit of a bad break with [the weather],” Lederhausen said. “But the second day, we still played pretty well.... Guys played pretty well on a tough course.”