Tartans golf season underway
Two weeks of Carnegie Mellon golf have passed and now the Tartans have two tournaments under their belt. The University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships were held March 13–14 at the 72-par Red Tail Golf Course in Sorrento, Fla.
The Tartans placed third at this event, scoring 308 in the first round and 310 in the last for a total score of 618. Emory University took first scoring at 581, University of Rochester finished second with a score of 586, and New York University took fourth by scoring 637.
Sophomore Grant Strimel and senior Terence Einhorn tied for 10th in the tournament with 36-hole scores of 153. Strimel’s second round was seven strokes better than his first.
Both Strimel and Einhorn earned All-UAA second team honors. This is the third-straight season Einhorn has been honored with All-UAA: As a sophomore, Einhorn achieved first-team honors.
“I really worked hard on my swing in the offseason and was ready to hit shots when I got down [to the Red Tail Golf Course]. I had control over the ball, but my putter was just ice cold until the final day,” Einhorn said.
Senior Michael Cheng finished at 155 with scores of 77 and 78. Sophomore Ian Bangor scored 79 on both days to finish with a score of 158.
First-year Justin Fischler ended his play with a score of 161.
“We only had a few practice rounds to make sure that everything we worked on during the winter transferred over to the actual course. With a little more time, I think we would have played better,” said sophomore Matt Wilson.
The Tartans competed in the 2012 Jekyll Island Invitational from March 16–18. In the three-day, 54-hole event, the Tartans finished 26th out of 30 with a team score of 938 (304, 326, 308).
Einhorn finished the tournament with a score of 226, shooting his best round on the third day with a score of 72.
Cheng shot 230, and Bangor finished at 240. Strimel had a setback with a score of 250 in this tournament, and first-year Derek Cobb scored the same.
“We did not play our best in both tournaments, but we showed signs of potential heading into our next couple of tournaments,” Cheng said. “We had some good rounds shot by our team.”
The Tartans compete again this Monday in the Titan Spring Invitational hosted by Westminster College.