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Three Golvers Qualify for ECAC Finals

By Tom Kawamoto
Team Member

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the golf team played in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Golf Championship Northern New England Qualifier, at Hickory Hill Golf Club in Methuen, Mass. The top three teams and the top 10 individual scorers advanced to the ECAC finals.

Course conditions were very difficult because the fairways were kept long, causing "flyers," shots that fly low and not without much spin. Coupled with the fact that the greens were rock hard, it made the tournament a contest of who could chip and putt the best.

MIT players were constantly frustrated by seeing their approach shots bouncing wildly off the greens and into rough, sand or hazards. MIT scores were astronomical, with Phil Tracadas '95 leading the team, with 87 strokes, followed by Olivier Burlaud '98 who scored a 92, and Morten Hough '98 who needed 93 strokes. Tommy Kawamoto '96 missed out on qualifying for the finals by one stroke, with a 79.

The following day, MIT drove up to Crystal Springs, its home course, to host the match against Tufts University. MIT and Tufts have a burning rivalry in golf and after going 02 against Tufts last year, the Engineers weren't taking any prisoners this time. Course conditions were ideal, with the sun shining and a nice 15 mph wind blowing.

Kawamoto (77), Brian Schuler '96 (85), Tracadas (85), Hoegh (86), and Mike Lombardi '95 (89) recorded the scores that counted. MIT came away with a 14 stroke victory, 422 to 436.

Last Sunday, MIT hosted Brandeis University, also at Crystal Springs. The players were blessed with warm weather in the upper 70's, but were plagued by an abundance of leaves on the course, which made finding golf balls difficult.

Schuler played the best golf of the day, leading all scorers with a five-over par 77. Kawamoto completely forgot how to play golf on the front nine, shooting 47 (11 over par), but recovered on the back nine to come in with an 84. Joe Baca '95 returned to the starting lineup and performed well with an 85.

Aggressive player Burlaud played fine tee-to-green but his putting woes continued and he finished with an 86. Young Kim '98 was able to solve his alignment problems and shot an 87. MIT won the match handily by 25 strokes, 419 to 444.