Golf Hosts Season's First Home MatchBy Tom Kawamoto
Last Friday, the golf team returned to Crystal Springs Golf Course (par 72) in Haverill to host its first home match of the spring, against Tufts University. MIT won by a narrow margin, 412 to 416.
Tom Kawamoto '96 and Robert McMahon of Tufts tied for medalist with 78. Brian Schuler '96 played solidly and shot 81. Olivier Burlaud '98 shot 83, followed by Morten Hoegh '98 and Young E. Kim '98 with 85.
There is an ongoing but friendly rivalry between MIT and Tufts because the personnel on both teams are usually quite similar in regards to ability. More often than not, players from MIT and Tufts play in the same foursome in the tournaments.
Spring has not returned to Crystal Springs. The greens were shaggy and bumpy, and the bouncing putts frustrated the players. Certain parts of the course were muddy and sometimes it took a while to find a plugged ball. However, the bunkers, with a marked absence of sand, provided the toughest obstacle.
The shot of the day went to Morten Hoegh, who scored a hole-in-one on the 210-yard par-three sixth hole. After hitting a 3-iron that never left the flag, he walked up to the green and could not find his ball. After looking everywhere else, he peeked in the hole and there it was. An ace!