Golf wins Titan Invitational two years in a row

The Carnegie Mellon men’s golf team won the 2007 Titan Invitational last Monday for the second year in a row, claiming victory with a team score of 300. The event was hosted by Westminster College at the New Castle Country Club and had 11 schools in attendance: Saint Vincent College (306), Westminster College (321), Slippery Rock University (327), Grove City College (328), Waynesburg University (332), Penn State Behrend (342), Edinboro University (353), Bethany College (355), Thiel College (356), and Pitt-Greensburg (373).

Senior Howard Smith and sophomore Chris Lee tied for second place overall with an even-par round of 72, improving from last year, when the players tied for third. Junior Alex Timmons was last year’s individual champion; this year, he did not compete in individuals but placed third for the Tartans and seventh overall with a score of 77.

“I was very pleased with how Monday’s tournament went at New Castle. Shooting a 300 on a soaking wet golf course was a solid accomplishment and was a great way for us to begin our spring season,” Smith said. “Chris played unbelievably well on the back nine with a 33, and I fortunately was able to step up with a solid number.”

Junior Josh Chen and sophomore Brett Cannaday finished with a 79 and 84, placing 10th and 22nd overall in the invitational, respectively.

Sophomore Adam Klein was the only Carnegie Mellon individual player entered in the invitational. He carded an 84 and finished at the top of all competing individual players.

The Tartans continue their Mid-Atlantic Regional championships from yesterday and will conclude the event today at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.

“If we just play the way we are capable of playing, like we did Monday, I think we have a good shot to be real competitive. The key is for everybody to focus on their own games, hopefully put some good rounds together, and we’ll see where the numbers fall,” Smith said.