Columbia seized control of the leaderboard on Saturday with a four-under 276 performance in the second round. The Lions entered the day three strokes behind Harvard, but with four of its players shooting at or under par on the day, they leaped well ahead of the Crimson and 11 strokes ahead of Yale, who moved into second.
“Columbia had a round in the second round that I didn’t think was out there for a team,” Rhoads said. “I thought one or two players could have that strong of a round at one time from one tee, but to have four out of the five do it when they needed it the most, [that] was an amazing performance.”
Sunday brought little change to the leaderboard, as the three sides cemented their positions amidst a rainy final round. Harvard posted its highest stroke total of the tournament, as did Columbia and Yale, with the three shooting a 303, a 303, and a 304, respectively.
After Lederhausen, freshman Robert Deng notched the Crimson’s next best score at the tournament. The rookie shot a 14-over 224, highlighted by a two-over 72 in the second round, finishing tied for 13th.
Also making his first appearance in the conference championship, freshman Kendrick Vinar posted an 18-over 228, joining junior teammate Akash Mirchandani in a tie for 18th place. Vinar shot a 73, a 76, and a 79 over the weekend, while Mirchandani notched a 78, a 73, and a 77.
Rounding out the Harvard squad was sophomore Rohan Ramnath. The sophomore won an individual title his last time out at Yale, but he could not keep his hot streak going this weekend. Ramnath shot a 28-over 238, putting him in a tie for 35th.
Although the Crimson failed to earn its third straight victory of the season, its third-place finish marks the best result Harvard has earned at the Ivy Championships since 1996. In the tournament’s 88-year history, the Crimson has only has won the title once—in 1968.
On the year, Harvard won two team tournaments, three individual titles, and finished in the top four at all but one of its eight competitions. Rhoads said that it has certainly been an extremely successful season.
“To set program records and see results is really fun and satisfying, but even more [satisfying is] the foundation that we’ve continued to lay,” Rhoads said. “With the core of guys that we have on the team, we’re extremely deep, we’re very, very talented…and I think we’ve set ourselves up for next year and the years to come to be a really strong force.”
—Staff writer Jake T. Meagher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.