Golf team rebounds on second day to take fifth

Last Monday, the Carnegie Mellon golf team competed in the final day of the two-day Mid-Atlantic Regional and finished fifth out of the 15 teams there. The event, held at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., saw the Tartans make up for their less-than-stellar performance on Sunday by rebounding on Monday to turn in the second-best team score, shooting a 309 during Monday’s round.

Franklin & Marshall College won the team title with a two-day total of 624, thanks to a low score of 304 on the second day. Last year’s champion, Allegheny College, finished second with a score of 628; the Tartans’ score of 641 placed them fifth.

Sophomore Alex Timmons, last week’s University Athletic Association (UAA) Golfer of the Week, led the Tartans with a two-day total of 160, including a 78 on Monday. Junior Howard Smith turned in Carnegie Mellon’s lowest round of the tournament on Monday with a 75. Smith and first-year Christopher Lee both shot two-day totals of 161. Sophomore Joshua Chen contributed to the team score with a 78 on Monday, to leave him at 162 overall, and first-year Brett Cannaday carded a two-day total of 176 (83, 93).

“This was one of our biggest tournaments of the year and all the top teams of our region were out there,” Smith said. “The course was pretty tough; the weather played havoc on everybody. Scores were really high the first day and we didn’t shoot well. The second day we came back strong, with the second-lowest round. We really played well, but it was too little too late to be in contention for it. Overall we did a good job bouncing back the second day after a tough first day.”

Coming off a win at the Westminster Invitational and now a fifth-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regional, the Tartans are positioning themselves well for the remainder of the season. They were scheduled to compete at the Edward Jones Shootout at the Links-Spring Church in Apollo, Pa., this past weekend, but it was postponed due to weather.

“Our goal is to still make the national tournament,” Smith said. “We’re not really sure how the selection’s going to work since they’ve changed the process this year. I think we still have a shot, and realistically we need to win out. We think if we win out the next three or possibly four tournaments we have an argument.”

The Carnegie Mellon golf team will next compete in the Saint Vincent Invitational at the Latrobe Country Club in Latrobe, Pa., on Thursday. The UAA championships will follow, on April 22 and 23, at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Orlando.