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Golf Loses to UMass by Just One Stroke

By Tom Kawamoto
Team Member

MIT suffered an agonizing one-stroke loss to Division II powerhouse University of Massachusetts - Lowell last Monday. MIT failed to post a sub-80 score, but still almost managed to pull this one off. Tom Kawamoto '96, Brian Schuler '96, Phil Tracadas '95, and Scott McDavid '96 all shot 81; Young E Kim '98 shot 86. MIT's five-score total of 410 was only one shy of Lowell's 409, but with the loss, MIT's record fell to 9-4.

The close defeat followed a strong performance last Saturday, as the team defeated Worcester State College at Crystal Springs by a four-man score of 326 to 343. Tracadas, despite lugging around the heaviest golf bag in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, shot an 83. McDavid worked his way back into the starting lineup and tore up the front side, going out in 37. He finished with 79, tying Kawamoto, who salvaged his round with an even-par back nine. Schuler also made a good comeback, shooting 47 on the front nine and 38 on the back nine, for a total of 85.

That win came after the MIT team's strong showing in the Massachusetts Intercollegiate tournament at Stow Acres on April 13. MIT's four-man total of 337 put them in a tie for eighth out of a field of 18 teams.

Scheduled to host the U.S. Golf Association Amateur Public Links Championship this summer, Stow Acres is a demanding layout that requires the player to curve the ball both ways. Schuler played it very solidly and finished with an 81 to lead the team. Olivier Burlaud '98 also played well and scored an 83. Tracadas fired an 86, and Kim continued his mid-80s streak with an 87.