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Golf Over-Par in Tri-Meet, Wins over NU

By Tom Kawamoto
Team Member

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the golf team returned to Sterling Country Club for a three-way match against Worcester State College and Assumption College. Three weeks earlier, MIT suffered several "casualties" in the Constitution Athletic Conference tournament at Sterling, as several players were unable to cope with the fast greens and narrow fairways.

On this day, conditions were not any easier and the players were informed by the course professional that the greens were rated at 15 on the Stimpmeter. In comparison, the greens at Augusta National rate at 14 and U.S. Open greens are not allowed to rate higher than 12.

Due to the late starting time and the slow play of several members playing in front of the first group of players, the match was plagued by darkness on the closing holes. MIT had another tough day, shooting 449 strokes to Worcester State's 415 and Assumption's 447.

Tommy Kawamoto '96 tied Aaron Somma of Worcester State for individual medalist with an 80. Phil Tracadas '95 shot 89, followed by Joe Baca '95 with 94, and Oliver Burlaud '98 with 95.

In zone' against Northeastern

With its match record falling to 43, MIT was intent on winning its next match against a tough Northeastern University team, which had beaten MIT in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference regional qualifying tournament by over 20 strokes.

After two days of intense practice, MIT hosted Northeastern last Thursday at Crystal Springs golf course.

This was a day where everything clicked for MIT. Several MIT players entered what golfers call "the zone," a state in which the person cannot do anything wrong, where the club becomes a part of the golfer's body and the golf ball goes exactly where the player wants it to go. Almost all of the MIT golfers posted personal-best scores for the season.

Kawamoto fired an even-par 72, which included four birdies and an eagle. This tied the MIT course record at Crystal Springs. Tracadas regained some of the form that he showed in the spring, and struck the ball beautifully en route to an eight-over-par 80.

Young Kim '98 finally showed that he could score with his incredibly smooth swing and posted an 81, much to his own surprise. Burlaud, who holds nothing back when it comes to driving the ball, was able to avoid the disaster holes and shot an 82.

Morten Hoegh '98, a great putter, was able to conquer the slow, rain-softened greens and shot an 83. Brian Schuler '96, who has been both brilliant and horrendous this season, played solidly and came in with an 83.

MIT shot 398 to Northeastern's 411, ending its fall match season with a winning record.