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Harvard, Cornell's Graboyes Concludes Season at NCAA Regionals

Harvard, Cornell's Graboyes Concludes Season at NCAA Regionals

Portions of story courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. – The 2015-16 men’s golf season came to an official end on Wednesday as Ivy League team champion Harvard and individual medalist Luke Graboyes of Cornell wrapped up play at their respective NCAA Regional locations.

The Crimson concluded its first-ever appearance at the regional championships at the Ol' Colony Golf Complex in Tuscaloosa, Ala., finishing the three-day event in 12th place with a final score of 922 (+58). The Crimson opened with a 323 (+35), but improved on Tuesday with a round of 298 (+10) before finishing with a 301 (+13).

Georgia won the region at 16-under (848), with South Carolina (-12, 852), Alabama (-7, 857), Kentucky (-6, 858), and Auburn (+3, 867) also advancing to the NCAA Championships to be held May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

Gregory Royston was the team's top finisher and tied for 36th place with 7-over 223. The sophomore had a difficult start to his tournament with a plus-9 81 on Monday but responded well, carding a pair of 1-under 71's to charge up the leaderboard.

Freshman Aurian Capart and senior captain Rohan Ramnath followed in a tie for 60th place with scores of 233 (+17). Like Royston, Capart improved throughout the tournament with rounds of 84, 75, and 74. Ramnath, meanwhile, was the Crimson's most consistent student-athlete, shooting 78, 77, and 78.

Hale Furey and Daniel De La Garza also represented the Crimson in Tuscaloosa. Furey, a sophomore, displayed consistency with rounds of 80, 78, and 78 to tie for 68th place (+20, 236). De La Garza, junior, rebounded from an opening round 88 to finish strong with a 75 and 78 to place 75th (+25, 241).

Meanwhile, in Kohler, Wisc., Graboyes shot a final-round 78 on the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run to finis tied for 60th in the region.

After medaling at the Ivy League Championships in April, Graboyes became the Big Red's first qualifer for the NCAA tournament since a format using regionals for a preliminary round was adopted in 1989. As one of 10 individual qualifers in the field of 75, Graboyes' task was steep. He needed to finish with the lowest three-round score among any other individual in the field which is not a member of one of the five schools with the lowest team score. The last Ivy League golfer to move on to the national event as an individual was Penn's Chance Pipitone in 2007.

As it turned out, the team portion of the event was irrelevant for Graboyes' purposes — the regional's medalist was another one of the individuals in the field, with Ohio State's Tee-k Kelly emerging as the only player in the field to shoot 70 or better all three days. His total of 209 one shot better than Florida's Alejandro Tosti.

Teeing off the 10th hole Wednesday, Graboyes fought off an opening bogey with a birdie on the par-5 11th hole. A double bogey on the 14th hole essentially dashed any hopes of going low, then a birdie on 16 was countered by a bogey on 18 to send him on the turn with a 2-over 38. He then had three bogeys and a double bogey on the front nine, with a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole — his second birdie on the hole this week.