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Golf Beats Caltech; Swings into Spring

By Tom Kawamoto
Team Member

The varsity golf team's spring trip ended with a much-anticipated match against the team from the California Institute of Technology. No MIT athletic team has ever lost to a Caltech team, and this group of golfers did not want to be the first.

After a week of practice, trying to shake off the cobwebs and find their swings again, the MIT players had managed to return to form, some more than others.

The match was played at Santa Anita Golf Course, a course that neither team had played before. The players were told that Santa Anita was patterned after the great Scottish links, with heavy contours in the fairways.

However, as one Caltech player pointed out, "This course has more trees than all of Scotland!"

The tallest plant on a Scottish links is probably a small bush.

The most exciting part of the match was the emergence of the first-year players, with Young Kim '98 shooting a 77 to tie Caltech's Kyle Dingle for medalist honors.

Not far behind were Olivier Burlaud '98 and Jay Grayson '97 with a pair of 79's. They tied for third with Caltech's Blair Essy. Brian Schuler '96 was the only veteran to shoot well, coming home with an 80.

MIT's total of 315 was 17 strokes better than Caltech's 332.

The team has high hopes for the spring season and looks to improve on their 63 match record.