Tartan golf wins Titan Invitational

The Carnegie Mellon men’s golf team won the 2012 Titan Invitational hosted by Westminster College at the New Castle Country Club on Monday. Led by sophomore Ian Bangor, who was the top individual medalist at the event, the Tartans scored 313 to beat second-place Clarion University by nine strokes.

This was Bangor’s fifth top-10 finish of the season, the most top-10 finishes on the team. His round score average of 76.1 on the 2011–12 season is also a team best.

“Most of it was solid putting and just staying patient on a tough day for most of the competition,” Bangor said.

Bangor shot a 73 at the event, followed by senior Michael Cheng who shot a 77. Senior Terence Einhorn shot an 81 and sophomore Grant Strimel shot an 82. First-year Justin Fischler rounded out the team scoring an 84.

The Tartans also entered two individual golfers whose scores did not count towards the team score. First-year Derek Cobb carded an 82 and sophomore Matt Wilson shot a 93.

“The conditions were very difficult. You know that the scores were going to be high, so if you were playing bad you just had to try to do some damage control,” Wilson said. “We were fortunate enough to put up some decent scores and win the tournament.”

The Tartans did not compete in this event last year, but this victory is their first first-place finish since the Grove City Fall Invitational on Sept. 13, 2011.

The next event for Carnegie Mellon men’s golf is Sunday and next Monday at the Mid-Atlantic Regional. The event will be held at the Hershey Country Club, with the first day starting at 11 a.m. and the second starting at 8 a.m.