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Golfers Finish Well in Matches

By Jay Grayson
team member

The varsity golf team crushed Emerson College on Monday after finishing third on Friday in the Engineers Cup in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The team played Emerson College at its home course, Crystal Springs Golf Course, which was particularly soggy from the nor'easter that passed through during the weekend, and it was difficult to play the ball because of casual water in and around the fairways.

Emerson only showed up with five players so the teams decided to count only the first five scores rather than the best five of seven. It ended up not making a difference in the scoring because MIT handed Emerson a decisive 505452 loss.

Team captain Jay Grayson '97 turned in another solid performance by shooting 80 and taking medalist for the day. His front nine score of 39 could have been much lower except for some difficulty around the greens.

Putting proved to be difficult once again as the team had to make a transition from the beautiful and consistent greens of the Engineers Cup in Pittsburgh to the marked and unreadable greens of Crystal.

The two other sub-90 scores of the day were carded by Brian Kevitt '97 with an 85 and Todd Kamin '00 with an 88. Both worked impressive back nines as Kevitt shot 42 and Kamin, an impressive 40. This was enough to seal a victory over Emerson even with the 97 and 102 performances of Dan Henderson '98 and John Zehren '00.

Scores that did not count for the match, but would have counted under normal circumstances, were by Dale Chon '99 with a 91 and Aaron Valade '00 with a 93, who made his first appearance of the season.

Team takes third in tourney

Each year a different engineering school sponsors the Engineers Cup, and this year Carnegie Mellon University hosted the tournament at beautiful Longue Vue Country Club on Thursday and Friday.

Longue Vue's layout was very difficult for tournament play because of deep rough and narrow fairways. Coupled with the fact that no team member had ever seen the course, each player was aware of the possible impending first round difficulties.

Day one turned out to be quite successful for the team because of a surprising first round score from Grayson. His round of 80 was highlighted by three birdies after a very difficult start on Longue Vue's first four holes.

Young E. Kim '98 played consistently well throughout the day to shoot 88, but the three other players had difficulties of their own.

Kamin could not keep the ball in play on the front nine to shoot 53, but he regained composure to finish with a strong 41 on the back nine for a respectable total of 94. Zehren and Henderson completed their days with scores of 94 and 95, respectively.

The team stood tied with Carnegie Mellon for second place with a total of 356.

Day two proved to be a disappointment except for the performance of Grayson. His round of 79, highlighted by a back nine 39, was good enough for the day's best round. His individual performance put him in second place for the tournament, six strokes in front of the nearest competitor.

However, the team did not fare quite as well. Kim fell two strokes to shoot 90, and Kamin, learning from his mistakes from the previous day, improved to a 92. Henderson finished with a 94, but Zehren had his difficulties all day en route to a 98.

The total of 355 was not enough to overcome the 346 performance of Carnegie Mellon, and the team fell from second to third. The entire team considered this to be a very successful appearance against many fine schools.

The season record stands at 54.