Men's Golf Finishes Fifth at Princeton Invitational

Only two strokes off the lead entering the final round on Sunday morning, the Harvard men’s golf team had a chance to break Yale’s two-year winning streak at the Princeton Invitational.

The Bulldogs had won in 2011 by six strokes, while in 2010 they defeated the Crimson in a tiebreaker.

But Harvard could not overcome a strong final round by Yale, who shot a 283, the low round of the tournament, and finished in fifth place overall with an 17-over 869 at the par-71 Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J, this past weekend.

“The first day we played pretty well,” sophomore Theo Lederhausen said. “[But Sunday] didn’t go as well as we would have liked. It was a good start to the season, and we’ll go from there and get better.”

Ahead of Harvard were the winning Bulldogs at +6, followed by Georgetown, Columbia, and Princeton.

Dartmouth’s Peter Williamson was the individual leader for the tournament, shooting -5 in the three-day tournament.

The tournament was fairly close all weekend, with the top seven teams within seven strokes after Saturday’s opening two rounds and the top three teams within two strokes at the end of Sunday’s round three.

Senior Tony Grillo was the leading scorer for the Crimson, tying for sixth place overall at even par.

After the first day, Harvard found itself in fourth place with overall 577 strokes, two off the score of 575 for the leading Hoyas and Yale.

Grillo had an impressive showing, finishing his two rounds on the day at -4.

He was the overall leader on the day, and his first-round 67 was the low on the first day of the tournament.

Although just playing individually, sophomore Kevin McCarthy was the second best scorer for the Crimson on day one. He finished tied for 11th at +2 with a hole in one.

Though his total did not count for Harvard’s overall score, McCarthy was still tested and proved his ability all weekend.

“It would have been very nice to have Kevin in the lineup this week,” Grillo said. “But having said that, even as an individual, he had a lot of pressure on him this week having to post a score each round in a competitive environment, so what we can take from that is to know that he can do it and use that for the tournaments to come.”

Following Grillo through two rounds was senior Mark Pollak (+4), Lederhausen (+5), and sophomore Michael Lai (+6) tying them for 18th, 20th, and 28th, respectively.