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Golf Wins Engineers' Cup, Ousts Carnegie-Mellon by 10 Strokes

By Tom Kawamoto
Team Member

The golf team hosted the Engineer's Cup at New Seabury last Monday. With 321, MIT's bested second-place Carnegie Mellon University by ten strokes. With the win, MIT finished off its 23rd consecutive winning season, with a 137 match record. New Jersey Institute of Technology finished third.

The tournament was originally scheduled at Quashnett Valley, but the course was closed due to heavy rain. MIT coach Jack Barry was able to save the cup by securing starting times at New Seabury, just a few miles down the road.

The weather was so bad that there were no other golfers out on the course when the teams arrived. Despite protests, the coaches sent the players out on the first and tenth tees of the Green course.

The medalist of the tournament was Brian Schuler '96, who fired an even-par 35 on the front nine. Schuler held on to his lead with a 40 on the back nine for a total of 75.

Runner-up Tom Kawamoto '96 finished four strokes back with 79. Olivier Burlaud '98 posted a very respectable 83 and Phil Tracadas '95, playing his last round of golf for MIT, shot 84.

The day before, the golf team hosted Carnegie-Mellon University at Crystal Springs.

CMUplayed a practice round at Crystal Springs the day before, so MIT players did not have the so-called "Crystal Advantage" - Crystal Springs has many holes that demand a fair degree of local knowledge. MIT usually has an advantage at Crystal because opponents are puzzled by the unusual layout.

Mike Kang of CMU led all scores with a 78. Kawamoto was one stroke behind with a 79. Playing in his last match at Crystal Springs, Tracadas rose to the occasion and fired an 80, his best score for the spring season. Burlaud played a very solid round of golf and finished with 81.

Schuler '96 four-putted the last green to shoot 82.

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