Golf wins first ever UAA championship

Credit: Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon Credit: Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon

The Carnegie Mellon men’s golf team returned from Atlanta, Ga. yesterday after claiming its first ever University Athletic Association (UAA) team championship hosted by Emory University. The Tartans finished with a two-day total of 626 (305–321), just ahead of the nationally ranked host on the par-71 Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club links.

In the 22 years of UAA history, only nine Tartans have received first-team honors, with junior Christopher Lee and first-year Michael Cheng claiming the most recent spots.

After two days of competition, Lee won the title of UAA individual champion, posting a score of 145 (73–72). Lee is the third Tartan in four years to win the UAA individual championship. Lee’s performance secured a place on the All-UAA first team.

Cheng tied for fifth place with a score of 157 (81–76) and senior Joshua Chen tied for 11th place with a score of 160 (78–82). Cheng was also honored, earning a spot on the UAA-second team.

Two other Tartans contributed to the overall team score as first-year Terrence Einhorn shot 164 (74–90) and senior Alex Timmons finished with a score of 179 (88–89).

The Tartan golfers were not the only members of the team who earned awards this weekend. Head Coach Rich Erdelyi and Assistant Coach Joe Rudman were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.