Tartans golf wins invitational

Once again topping the the charts with its third straight first-place performance and fourth of the season, the Carnegie Mellon golf team claimed the title at its Annual Invitational held last Thursday at Longue Vue Club in Verona, Pa. and went on to take second at the Edward Jones Shootout this past weekend. Surpassing last year’s champion St. Vincent College by 18 strokes, the Tartans finished in first place at the Annual Invitational with a team total of 294.

Carnegie Mellon bested the sixth and final team’s score by 67 strokes, leaving La Roche College with a 361 total. California University of Pennsylvania took third (314), Westminster College fourth (322), and Mercyhurst College fifth (332). The Tartans continued play last weekend and fell just behind Washington & Jefferson College at the shootout with a final score of 603, after finishing first on the first day of competition (295–308).

Leading the Tartans and the competition last Thursday, senior Alex Timmons carded an even par round of 70 to be named the individual medalist of the invitational and claim first place. With a third-place finish, first-year Terence Einhorn shot a 72, followed by a fourth-place finish from junior Christopher Lee with a 73. To round out the Carnegie Mellon competitors, senior Joshua Chen and first-year Michael Cheng tied for 11th and fourth places with players from California University, recording 79 and 80 strokes, respectively.

Representing the Tartans, five individuals entered the invitational, including junior Adam Klein, who took eighth place, carding a 76, followed by classmate Brett Cannaday and first-year Alexander Cohen, who both shot a 15-over-par 85. Junior Nick Burkholder and sophomore Brent Driscoll shot scores of 88.

Following the successful mid-week invitational, the team ended the Annual Edward Jones Shootout in second. The two-day event held at the Links at Spring Church in Apollo, Pa. proved to be another venue for the Tartans golf squad to showcase their dominance on the par-70 course. Concluding the initial day on top of the ranks with a team score of 295, Carnegie Mellon continued to reign over the six other teams on the final day as well but could not keep grasp of first.

Cheng carded a season-best round 72 to tie for second Saturday, and went on to record a 150 Sunday, tying teammate Lee for fourth. Tied for fourth on Saturday, Timmons and Lee shot 74 each, with Chen and Einhorn marking 75 first round scores, who were tied for sixth. Sunday’s results left Timmons in third overall with a 149 total, Chen carded 154 to place 10th, and Einhorn shot a 155 to tie for 11th place.

Representing the Tartans, four individuals entered this past weekend’s invitational, and once again Klein led the squad and tied Driscoll for a first day’s score of 84. Driscoll shot a 79 for Sunday to finish with a 163 total. Cannaday fired an 88 on Saturday and improved to an 83 to tally a total of 171 on the final day. Cohen recorded a 90 on Saturday and finished 175 by carding an 85 Sunday.

The Tartans continue competition at the two-day Fred B. Kravetz Invitational held at Oak Hill Country Club and Irondequoit Country Club this Friday and Saturday. This marks the Tartan’s final competition before the University Athletic Association championship.