Best 36-hole Tournament Since ’98 for MIT GolfersBy Robert Batten
Two weekends ago, the MIT golf team competed in the Dartmouth Invitational at Hanover Country Club in Hanover, N.H. MIT topped Division I schools including Sacred Heart University, Boston University, and the University of New Hampshire. MIT was two shots behind Providence College. Yale University won the tournament with a total of 585.
In a field of 19 schools, MIT was the only non-Division I team competing. The Engineers improved by 54 strokes over last year’s performance in the same tournament, shooting a two-day total of 651, MIT’s best 36-hole tournament score since at least 1998.
The sophomore class showed its strength this weekend as Matthew D. Smith ’06 shot a career low 76-79 to place tied for 41st. William J. Burke ’06 played solid golf as usual with 79-81, and Thomas L. Gray ’06 played well, 85-80, despite a few errant shots. Speaking of errant shots, Robert D. Batten ’06 and Lucas A. Ruprecht ’04 had their fair share of wayward balls for the weekend as the hilly terrain caught up with them. Ruprecht contributed Saturday with an 86 while Batten contributed Sunday with an 85.
Gray said, “We are really proud of how we played this weekend considering the difficulty of the course, the speed of the greens, how poorly we played here last year. It’s intimidating playing the top 20 or so golf teams in New England at such a demanding course, but we showed we belong.”
MIT golf proved that its recent success is not just one good weekend. Last week at Bowdoin, MIT Golf had 18-hole rounds of 324 and 336, in addition to Dartmouth’s 326 and 325. To put it in perspective, MIT’s lowest 18-hole round all last year was 332. Tech Golf competes against another strong field next weekend at Amherst, Mass., in the Toski Invitational.