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Men's Golf Teams Enjoying Solid Fall

Columbia's Brandon Jowers
Columbia's Brandon Jowers

PRINCETON, N.J. - The first few weeks of the 2014-15 season has seen multiple victories by Ivy League men's golf programs. Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale have each recorded tournament victories so far and three individuals have combined to claim four medalist honors.

Last weekend, six of the Ancient Eight battled Mother Nature at Yale Golf Club while playing The Macdonald Cup. Rain and wind on Saturday shortened the 13-team event event to 36 holes. Yale came away with the one-shot win over Harvard, while Princeton's Eric Mitchell earned medalist honors.

Here is a quick look at each team's start to the season: 

The Bears have played in four tournaments thus far this fall. Their team low round for the fall came in their opening round at the Navy Invitational back on September 6 when they carded a 294. Unfortunately, the Bears have finished in the bottom half of the field in all four tournaments, thus far. Last weekend, Brown placed 13th at the rain-shortened Macdonald Cup hosted by Yale, carding rounds of 308 and 303. Justin Miller finished tied for 36th with a 36-hole total of 150 (77-73) to lead the Bears. 

Next: Oct. 11-12 at Big Five Invitational

The Lions have one win in the three tournaments they have played so far, while Brandon Jowers has won medalist honors twice. Columbia started the fall with a tie for sixth at The Doc Gimmler, equalling Harvard at a 54-hole total 844 (285-281-278). Jowers placed fourth in the event, carding scores of 69, 67 and 68 on Bethpage's Red Course. Columbia won its own Tuxedo Autumn Invitational with a 54-hole score of 905 to lead the nine-team field. Jowers also claimed individual honors at 218, one shot better than Lafayette's Jared Mactas. The Lions had five in the Top 10 as Arjuna Anday tied for fourth place, Curtis Chan finished seventh, Mert Selamet placed ninth and Christopher Chu tied for 10th. Last weekend, the Lions placed fourth at the John Dallio Invitational in Lemont, Ill. After an opening round 300 to take the early lead, Columbia cooled off on the second loop and eventually settled for fourth with a 54-hole total 912. However, Jowers didn't cool off, claiming the individual title by 10 shots with rounds of 67, 70 and 71. 

Next: Oct. 13-14 at The Miramont Invitational

The Big Red are coming off an eighth-place finish at The Quechee Club Invitational two weeks ago. Cornell also finished seventh at Navy's invitational to open the season and placed sixth among 15 teams hosting the Cornell Invitational. After a slow start in their home tournament, the Big Red rallied with rounds of 302 and 299 to finish at 912 for 54 holes. Luke Graboyes finished tied for 10th at 225, seven shots off the pace. In the last outing at Quechee, Cornell was third after the opening round, carding a 295. But the Big Red cooled off in the second round and settled for a 36-hole total of 601. Brandon Eng was Cornell's top finisher, tying for eighth at 145, five shots off the pace. 

Next: Oct. 11-12 at Big Five Invitational

Dartmouth has a pair of wins under its belt this fall, claiming team titles at Bucknell and Cornell thus far. The Big Green led wire-to-wire for a two-shot win over Lafayette at Bucknell in mid-September. Scott Jaster led the way for Dartmouth with a second-place finish, carding rounds of 71, 74 and 73. Charles Cai tied for fifth and Charlie Edler tied for 10th for Dartmouth. A week later, the Big Green claimed another wire-to-wire title in Ithaca, holding off Penn and Delaware for a one-shot win. Ian Kelsey tied for third (75-72-73=220) while Jaster tied for fifth. After an eighth-place finish at Quechee, Dartmouth placed fifth at The Macdonald Cup last weekend, bouncing back from a tough opening round to shoot 284 on the second loop and pull into the top half of the standings. Cai finished as part of an eight-way tie for second, three shots off the lead at 141 in the rain-shortened 36-hole event. 

Next: Oct. 10-12 at Duke Invitational

The Crimson enjoyed a strong last two weeks, winning at Queechee and placing second in The Macdonald Cup. Harvard opened the fall with an eighth-place showing against a talented field at The Wolverine Intercollegiate. A week later, Harvard tied for sixth with Columbia at The Doc Gimmler with Kendrick Vinar placing fifth, including a scorching final-round 65 to finish at 205 for the 54-hole event. The Crimson held off Hartford for an eight-shot win at Quechee to close out September. Greg Royston finished tied for second with rounds of 70 and 72 to finish two shots off the lead, while Hale Furey tied for fourth at 143. Last weekend at The Macdonald Cup, Harvard made a late charge but couldn't quite catch host Yale in the weather-shortened event. Robert Deng and Rohan Ramnath finished as a part of the eight-way tie for second at 141. 

Next: Oct. 18 vs. Yale

Austin Powell
has had a strong start to the year to lead Penn, logging top five finishes in all three events thus far. The Quakers have recorded sixth place finishes on back-to-back weekend at Quechee and The Macdonald Cup. Penn opened the season with a runner-up finish at Cornell, placing one shot behind Dartmouth to tie with Delaware at 905. The Quakers rallied from a slow start with rounds of 295 and 298 to climb the leaderboard. Powell tied for fifth at 224, six shots off the pace. At Quechee, Powell claimed medalist honors at four-under par 140 (71-69) to lead the Quakers. Last week at The Macdonald Cup, Powell was part of the eight-way second-place tie, carding rounds of 72 and 69. 

Next: Oct. 11-12 at Big Five Invitational

The Tigers are coming off a fourth-place finish at The Macdonald Cup in which Eric Mitchell claimed medalist honors. Mitchell carded rounds of 70 and 68 to earn a three-shot win over a host of players tied for second. Princeton began the fall season with a rare dual match, taking on Texas A&M at Baltusrol CC. The Aggies held a 289-322 edge in that event. In their first tournament of the fall, the Tigers finished fifth at Quechee. Princeton shot rounds of 299 and 298 to play in the middle of the pack. Alex Dombrowski earned a 10th-place finish in the 36-hole event, six shots off the pace at 146.    

Next: Oct. 13-14 at Alister MacKenzie Invitational

The Bulldogs have earned a pair of victories in three outings thus far. Yale began the season by winning The Doc Gimmler with a 54-hole score of 823, including back-to-back rounds of 272 to close out the win. Yale used a balanced effort to win the tournament as no Bulldog finished in the Top 10. Instead, Thomas Greenhalgh and Li Wang each finished 11th at 207 while Joe Willis and Will Davenport each carded 54-hole totals of 209 for 14th place. Wang finished seventh at Inverness to lead the Bulldogs to a fourth-place standing against a talented field. Last weekend, Yale won The Macdonald Cup on its home course with rounds of 286 and 283 to record a one-shot win over Harvard. Davenport, Wang and Greenhalgh were part of the eight-way tie for second to seal the victory. 

Next: Oct. 18 vs. Harvard