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Golf takes first at home invitational

Sophomore Michael Cheng chips the ball onto the green. Cheng helped lead the Tartans to first place in their annual invitational. (credit: Courtesy of Mark Fisher  ) Sophomore Michael Cheng chips the ball onto the green. Cheng helped lead the Tartans to first place in their annual invitational. (credit: Courtesy of Mark Fisher )

The Carnegie Mellon golf team kicked off a busy week by shooting 316 in consecutive rounds to take eighth at the two-day, par-71 Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.

During the tournament, the Tartans were led by senior Chris Lee, who recorded the top score of 157. Just behind him was junior Brent Driscoll, who shot 158, followed closely by sophomores Terence Einhorn and Michael Cheng, who carded 159 and 160, respectively. Rounding out the five-man team was senior Brett Cannaday, who finished five strokes behind Cheng with 165.

“Unfortunately we didn’t play as well as we can, and our performance on the greens really let us down,” Einhorn stated. “There were some positive signs from all our players, but the tough holes on that course really got the better of us. This Thursday we are playing on our home course, where knowing the course well is a gigantic advantage.”

Cheng has a confident outlook for the future. “I look forward to our upcoming tournament. Since these are played at our home course, I think we should be able to take advantage of these opportunities and win,” he said.

The Tartans hit the links just three days later to host the Carnegie Mellon Invitational at the Longue Vue Country Club.
With a favorable home-course advantage, the Tartans did in fact outshoot their opponents to take first place, beating out second-place St. Vincent College by three strokes with a final tally of 306.

Lee once again led the Tartans to a first-place finish. This time he was followed by Cheng, who shot just one stroke back at 73. Einhorn carded a 78 to finish ninth overall at the invitational. Cannaday shot an 83 on the day, while Discoll finished scoring for the Tartans with an 89.

Four other Tartan golfers also competed at the tournament. Seniors Nick Burkholder and Adam Klein placed ninth and 12th, carding 78 and 79, respectively. First-year Steven Nguyen knocked off an 83, while sophomore Alexander Cohen finished just four strokes behind with an 87.

The men’s golf team also hosted the annual Edward Jones Shootout, at The Links in Apollo, Pa., and placed third.