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Golf Team Takes Second in Boston

By Jay Grayson
team member

Last Tuesday, the golf team finished second in the Greater Boston Championship at Concord Country Club. The GBC is an event in which area Division I, II, and III schools compete with the best four out of five scores on each team counting in the results.

The Engineers faced schools with top golf programs like Harvard University, Boston College, and Boston University. Nationally ranked programs like Babson and Bentley Colleges were also at the event. It was expected that the MIT players would be outplayed throughout the day by their counterparts on the difficult course.

The conditions were optimal for golf with little wind and warm temperatures. One of the front nine holes had a temporary green, so officials did not count the hole in any of the golfers' final scores. Other than this single blemish, the course had plush fairways and consistent greens.

The Engineers, accustomed to less than standard surroundings at their home course, stunned the field with a second-place finish.

Young E. Kim '98 was brilliant on Concord's front nine. He posted a 33, with a birdie on the disallowed hole, en route to a total 74 to take honors for the day's second lowest score.

Kim's day was characterized by multiple sand saves out of treacherous lies which could have contributed to a disastrous outcome. Todd Kamin '00 was equally impressive with two sub-40 nines for a 78. His consistent play was a summary of his strong play throughout the season.

Jay Grayson '97 was on his way to another fine performance with a 36 on the front nine but had difficulties controlling his mental game after hitting a few errant shots in the early stages of his back nine. He finished in a disappointing manner by carding an 81 to cap an otherwise excellent season.

The fourth score to count was turned in by Brian Kevitt '97. Kevitt also started out strong with a 37 on the front but had difficulties of his own to finish with an 83.

The fifth team member which did not count in the overall scoring was Dale Chon '99.

The team's performance of 316 was good enough to edge Boston University by one stroke along with Babson and Bentley Colleges by two strokes.

The team also defeated Boston College by five strokes, but the field was not able to catch Harvard at 308. Certainly, the result was more surprising than any of the participants, including coaches, could possibly expect.

To put the match in perspective, the team lost by 21 strokes to BU earlier in the season. The Engineers finished the season with a 95 record overall to crown an extraordinary spring.