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Golf Places Third in Two Tourneys

By Tom Kawamoto
Team Member

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the golf team traveled to Sterling Country Club to play in the Constitutional Athletic Conference tournament, hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. MIT had a tough day, finishing third out of five teams.

Sterling C.C. is a tough layout, worthy of hosting a PGA Tour event. The tree-lined fairways required accuracy off the tee, and the firm greens would only accept well-struck iron shots.

Oliver Burland '98 played well in his tournament debut and shot an 83 to win the CAC Rookie of the Year award, given to the lowest scoring freshman. Other MIT scores were Tommy Kawamoto '96 (86), Mike Lombardi '95 (93), and Phil Tracadas '95 (94).

Tim Mooradian from Babson College won the individual medal with a 76, and Western New England College won the team title with a total of 318.

MIT places third at Bowdoin

The Bowdoin Invitational Tournament, which took place Sunday, Sept. 25 to Monday, Sept. 26, is an annual event played at Brunswick Country Club in Brunswick Maine. Out of the nine teams at this year's event, MIT placed third.

Brunswick C.C. is known for having the best greens in Maine, and has hosted the state high school championships for several years. MIT always seems to have a good chance of winning this tournament, and was denied by a single stroke last year.

This year the MIT players got off to a good start on the first day. Kawamoto led all scores with a one-over-par 73, followed by Brian Schuler '96 (80), Lombardi (85) and Tracadas (87), for a total of 325. This put them just four strokes behind the leading team, University of Southern Maine. Four strokes is a small margin for team golf, nothing insurmountable.

On the second day it seemed like the MIT golf team needed the Heimlich maneuver, for the choking was fast and furious. The only player to hold up was Tracadas, who finished with an 82. The victims included: Lombardi, who was cruising along at +9 until he played the last three holes 7 over par; Schuler, who double-bogeyed two easy holes on the front nine; and Kawamoto, who almost lost his lead by bogeying holes 12 through 17.

Lombardi finished with 88, while Kawamoto and Schuler tied yet again with a pair of 79's. Kawamoto was lucky enough to retain his three-shot lead and win the individual medal. However, the team finished 10 strokes behind University of Southern Maine, in third place among nine teams.