Men's Golf Teams Gear Up for Ivy Match Play
The Anicent Eight's men's golf programs will come together this coming weekend at Trump National or their annual Ivy League Match Play event. For each of them, it will be the final event of the fall slate.
Here is a quick look at how each program has faired in the first few events this fall:
The Bears have competed in four events thus far this fall. Their best 54-hole score was an 886 at the Macdonald Cup hosted by Yale. The Bears carded a final round score of 289 to finish 11th in the 14-team field. The 289 was a season-low thus far. Junior Justin Miller has the Bears' lone top-10 finish thus far this season, finishing fifth at the Navy Fall Classic to open the season.
The Lions have played in three events thus far this fall. The Lions began the season with a low-team round record score of 274 in the final round of the Doc Gimmler on their way to a fifth-place finish at the event. Brandon Jowers placed second with a 10-under 200, the lowest 54-hole score by a Columbia golfer in 20 years. Columbia finished second at the Patriot Intercollegiate at the end of September with Harrison Shih placing third in the event. Jowers also had a Top-10 finish with an eight-place finish. Jowers logged another top 10 at the Stars & Stripes Invitational last week when he placed fourth. The Lions placed fifth in the event. Jowers is 14th in the nation in scoring average at 69.44 while the Lions ranked No. 33 as a team.
The Big Red have played in three events this fall, including their own Cornell Invitational to open the season. Cornell finished third in its tournament as senior Carl Schimenti and freshman Luke Graboyes each finished in the top 10. Despite a 10th-place finish at The Macdonald Cup, Cornell carded a season-low 288 on the way to their 54-hole low of 883. Earlier this week, Cornell finished 13th in the 17-team field of the Temple Invitational.
The Big Green have had a solid fall, including a season-opening win at the Bucknell Invite. Dartmouth also finished fourth at the Cornell Invitational and sixth at The Macdonald Cup before placing 14th at Temple earlier this week. At Bucknell, senior Joey Maziar tied for the individual title with a 216 in the 54-hole event. Jeffrey Lang finished second at Cornell, finishing the tournament with a 54-hole total of 216, including a final round 70.
The Crimson began the season with a second place finish at the Doc Gimmler. Kendrick Vinar and Robert Deng tied for fifth, both carding 54-hole scores of 206. Following a 15th-place finish at Windon Memorial, Harvard tied for fourth at the Temple Invitational. Den and Daniel De La Garza carded top-10 finishes in the event with Deng placing sixth and De La Garza 10th.
The Quakers are coming off of an eighth-place finish at the Temple Invitational earlier this week, carding rounds of 291 and 288. Penn has played in three events this far this fall, finishing fourth at the Patriot Intercollegiate and eighth at the Macdonald Cup. The Quakers recorded their lowest round of the season thus far at the Macdonald Cup, shooting a 284 in the second round. Austin Powell has the lone top 10 placement thus far this spring, finishing tied for fourth at the Patriot Intercollegiate.
The Tigers are coming off of a 10th-place finish at Temple earlier this week with scored of 310 and 292. In Princeton's other two appearances this fall, the Tigers placed eighth at the Doc Gimmler and 12th at the highly-touted Brickyard Collegiate. Greg Jarmas, the Ivy League's defending individual champion, has been the Tigers' best finisher in the last two outings, including a 16th-place finish at Temple.
The Bulldogs have had the strongest of the fall slates thus far, raking 16th in nation in scoring average. Yale won the Doc Gimmler to open the fall as sophomore Joe Willis claimed individual honors. Willis shot an opening round 63 on his way to a 54-hole total of 199. Yale finished third two weeks later at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. The Bulldogs got fifth place finishes from Sam Bernstein and Will Davenport. Hosting the Macdonald Cup, Yale placed second as Davenport and Bernstein recorded top-10 finishes again. Bernstein, Davenport and James Park are all in the top 100 nationally in scoring average.