Golf Team Beats Perennial Rival Merrimack, Loses by 1 to BUBy Thomas T. Kawamoto
The MIT golf team kicked off its fall season against perennial rival Merrimack College at the Crystal Springs GoldCourse in Haverill, Mass. on Sept. 9.
The Merrimack players were frustrated early on by difficult conditions and never really got into a groove. MIT won the match by 38 strokes, 404-442.
LastWednesday, the team surprisingly to Boston University, by one point.
Because of the summer-long drought, the fairways at Crystal were rock-hard and bare in some spots, causing tee balls to kick up a cloud of dust upon landing. The hard fairways made the course play shorter and narrower, since drives would roll farther and bounce off-line more readily. The greens were very bumpy and slow. The bizarre downhill, dogleg-left fourth hole played to its full length, instead of using the slightly fairer alternate green.
Captain Thomas T. Kawamoto '96 led all scores with 41-33-74. However, the real story to this match was the career scoring by player-manager Morten Hoegh '98, who surprised everyone with 41-36-77. Second-year player Jonathon J. Grayson '97 killed the par-fives and finished with a personal best 83. Brian J. Schuler '96 and Young E. Kim '98 came in with a pair of 85s.
BU triumphs by single point
Last Wednesday, BUhosted MIT at their home course, Putterham Meadows in Brookline (par 71). The course was in good shape considering the drought, and the only abnormal feature was the ninth hole playing as a shortened par-4 of only 250 yards.
Suprisingly, BU, which is not known for its golf team despite being in Division I, beat MIT by a single point, 417-416.
BU had several ponderously slow players in their lineup, which lengthened the march around Putterham to well over five hours. Kawamoto won medalist honors with a 40-36-76, with birdies on 16 and 18. Brian K. Kevitt '97 played a gritty back nine en route to a 45-39-84. Schuler also recovered from a dismal front side to shoot 44-40-84. Hoegh, playing alongside Schuler, shot 45-40-85. Kim, who had a mysterious lost ball on 15 and a missed tap-in on 18, shot 88, which counted toward the team score.