Weather, Rough Courses Dog GolfBy Morten W. Hoegh
Despite tough courses and harsh weather, the varsity golf team has done well this season by defeating several teams, including two Division I teams last week.
The team began its preparation for the spring season with a week of practice over spring break. The Engineers went to Sea Island, Georgia, where both the course conditions and the weather made for good practice conditions.
The spring practice trip had included a match against Savannah College of Art and Design, which MIT lost at Savannah's difficult home course.
Upon its return to Cambridge, the team realized the conditions in New England were going to be very different. The weather was no kinder than the courses, as it did its best to ruin the season.
Four matches and a tournament were cancelled by snow and rain. Coach Jack Barry said he could not remember anything similar from his 22 years as golf coach. The team's only consolation was that other schools were in the same position, punished by New England weather.
On Thursday, Worcester State held a tournament at Sterling Country Club in Sterling, Massachusetts. This demanding course had previously proven itself a real challenge for MIT, but this time the team performed reasonably well.
Everybody was, however, frustrated with the slow play. The final groups took almost six hours to complete the round, but this was partly due to members, who were let out on the course between the college players.
Williams College won the tournament easily: Three Williams players shot in the 70s. The best MIT score came from Tom Kawamoto '96, who had an 82. Jay Grayson '97 shot 87, Sean Carpenter '96 had 88, and Young E Kim '98 came in with an 89. MIT's total score was 346, placing them fourth out of eight teams.
MITdowns Division I teams
On Monday, April 22, MIT met Bentley College, Boston University, and Northeastern University at the Brae Burn Country Club in Newton. The Engineers placed second behind Bentley.
The course is considered one of the best and most difficult courses in the state, and hard greens only made play tougher. Combined with long rough, the hard greens led to unexpectedly high scores.
MIT's lowest score was 87, reached by both Kawamoto and Brian Schuler '96. The rest of the team was close behind, though: Kim shot an 89, Carpenter finished with 91, and Grayson had 93.
This gave the Engineers a total of 447, compared with Bentley's 440. While they would have preferred a first-place finish, the team was happy to have beaten the Division I Northeastern and BU teams.
MITbeats Tufts and Worcester
On Saturday, April 20 the team returned to its home course from break, Crystal Springs Golf Club, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The course had had great problems recovering from the long winter and wet spring, and its condition was not satisfactory at all; however, it was playable.
Against two long-time rivals, Tufts University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Carpenter led the way to a win with an impressive 76, playing the demanding front nine only one over par.
The rest of the Engineers' counting scores were all in the 80s: captain Kawamoto shot 82, Grayson and Jay Grabeklis G both scored 85, and Kim came in with 89. MIT scored 417, ahead of Tufts with 423 and WPI with 430.