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Golf defeats BU and Brandeis

By Erik S. Norton

Frank C. Popp '94 and Wataru Yamagouchi '92 paved the way for the varsity golf team as it defeated Boston University and Brandeis University in a home match on Monday afternoon.

Popp fired a round of 76, the best of his collegiate career, and Yamagouchi shot a 78 over the par 72 layout at Crystal Springs Golf Club in Haverhill, MA. Heath J. Hawker '94 and Philip W. Tracadas '95 continued their strong play by carding a pair of 84's, and Edward L. Harris '93 rounded out the victory with an 86, giving MIT a total of 408, which was more than enough to clip BU (426) and Brandeis (446).

Popp earned the medalist honors with his 76, the lowest round of the day. "I played very well, but if my putter would have been hot, I could have easily shot under par," he said after the round.

The young team, whose only senior is Yamagouchi, has been impressive thus far, having forced a playoff with Division II powerhouse Bentley last week, then capturing a title at the Bowdoin Invitational Tournament in Brunswick, ME, over the weekend. The team hopes to keep the ball rolling when it visits Merrimack Valley Community College this sunday in a tri-match against Merrimack College and Worcester Tech.

Erik S. Norton '93 is the manager of the varsity golf team.