Golfers End Season On a Low Note with Two Losses to CMUBy Morten W. Hoegh
On Sunday, April 28 the varsity golf team hosted a match at Crystal Springs Golf Club against Carnegie-Mellon University and Springfield College. It is a tradition that the CMU and MIT teams meet for a match the day before the Engineer's Cup.
The conditions at Crystal had been improving in the nice spring weather, and the course had dried considerably. The Engineers, however, did not take full advantage of the good conditions. In the match against CMU, four out of five scores counted. MIT lost the tough battle by four strokes, 333 to 329.
Captain Tom Kawamoto '96 was the medalist of the day with a solid 75. This was the last round Kawamoto would play at Crystal as a member of the team, and he was definitely satisfied with his own performance. Unfortunately, the rest of the MIT team did not follow in the footsteps of the captain. Brian Schuler '96 and Jay Grayson '97 both shot 85, and Jay Grabeklis G came in with an 88.
In the match against Springfield, five out of seven scores were recorded. Joe Baca '96 contributed 90 strokes to give the Engineers a total of 423, seven strokes ahead of Springfield's 430. Young E Kim '98 and Morten Hoegh '98 also played admirably, though their scores did not count.
MIT third at Engineer's Cup
On Monday, April 29 MIT hosted the Engineer's Cup at New Seabury Country Club on Cape Cod. Only four schools participated this year. The condition of the course was, as always, excellent, but the weather gave the players a real challenge; it rained heavily throughout the round.
The Engineers struggled on the difficult blue course. Kawamoto shot 88, while Schuler, Kim, and Grayson all finished with scores of 91. A total score of 361 placed MIT third after CMU and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Only the Wentworth Institute of Technology finished behind MIT. This was disappointing compared to last year, when MIT won both the individual and team titles. The departing seniors and Coach Jack Barry, who is retiring at the end of the year, deserved a better end to the season.
MIT's record for the year was 12-9-1, the 22nd consecutive year that the team has had a winning record.