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Golf Defeats BU, Falls to Merrimack

By Tom Kawamoto
Team Member

In hopes of capturing its 22nd consecutive winning season, the varsity golf team started the fall season with a 11 match record and a solid showing in its first tournament. With six veterans returning to the team, plus four promising newcomers, the Engineers are looking to do more than just contend this year.

Last Wednesday, the Engineers faced Boston University at Putterham Meadows (par 71) in Brookline. Although the course was in decent condition, the U.S. Golf Association will not be banging on its door to host a U.S. Open. However, it was a fun course to play, and it was a nice change from Crystal Springs, which is the Engineers' home course.

MIT defeated BU by 20 strokes, 408 to 428, led by Tommy Kawamoto '96 and Phil Tracadas '95 who tied for medalist with a pair of 77's. Rounding out the top five out of seven scores were Mike Lombardi '95 (84), Brian Schuler '96 (85), and Jason Onysko '97 (85). No BU players broke 80, and their best score was Danny Sullivan with an 81.

During the weekend the team traveled up to Vermont to play in the Duke Nelson Tournament hosted by Middlebury College. The Middlebury course (par 71) was a challenging layout with a lot of rough and tricky greens. On the first day, the Engineers took advantage of the calm weather and shot 332 (best 4 out of 5), which put the Engineers in eighth place out of 22 teams, ahead of CAC rivals Babson College and Western New England College. Kawamoto and led the way with a pair of 79's, while Tracadas, Lombardi, and Onysko all shot 87.

On the second day, strong winds swirled over the course and caused scores to rise. The Engineers stumbled a bit and fell to 13th place. Second day scoring was as follows: Lombardi (87); Kawamoto, Schuler, and Onysko (88); and Tracadas (91).

Division III powerhouse Skidmore College won the tournament, followed closely by Salem State College. The Engineers left feeling frustrated at their collapse, but Lombardi was consoled by the fact that he almost won the long drive competition, being narrowly edged out by a player from Williams College.

During Monday's Institute holiday, the Engineers played Merrimac College at Crystal Springs (par 72) in Haverill, Mass. Crystal Springs is named after the natural springs that provide water for all the drinking fountains on the course.

The Engineers lost the match 414 to 409, and it wasn't as close as the scores made it seem. Merrimac had four players score in the 70's, and their fifth player shot 100, an even dollar. The high point of the day was Kawamoto grinding out a 75, tying Erick McPhail of Merrimac for medalist.

A pair of rookies provided some solid scores with Oliver Burland '98 shooting an 83 and Morton Hoegh '98 firing an 85. Tracadas provided an 84 and Schuler scraped an 87. Although their scores did not count in the match, Joe Baca '95 and Jay Grayson '97 both shot 86.