Furey fired a team low round of 69 on Sunday (OAC).
By Gregory Royston '18
Quechee, Vt. – After a productive two-week break from tournament golf, the Harvard men's golf team recorded its best finish of the season, winning the inaugural Quechee Club Invitational by eight shots over Hartford. This was backed up by great individual performances from two freshmen Gregory Royston '18 and Hale Furey '18, who finished tied second and tied fourth, respectively. Furey and Royston were joined by Kendrick Vinar '17, Robert Deng '17 and Rohan Ramnath '16 on the traveling team. The team travels again next weekend to play in the McDonald Cup, hosted by Yale.
The team left early Friday morning to play practice rounds on the two courses at the Quechee Club, where the tournament was being hosted. In order to achieve maximum benefit from the available time, the players split into two groups, playing either the Highlands or Lakelands course. They then discussed the courses with each other, ensuring everyone had an idea of what to expect from each course. Both courses at the beautiful Quechee Club were in pristine condition, and the weather was perfect, adding to a memorable week.
Playing in mildly windy conditions on the Lakeland course, the team had an excellent first day, finishing tied for first with Hartford by shooting a one-over-par 289. Royston, playing in just his second collegiate event, led the team with a two-under-par 70. Ramnath recorded an excellent 71, after fighting back from a quadruple bogey 8 on the ninth hole, while Furey and Vinar came home with 74's. Deng carded an 80. The team ended day one in a great mindset, ready to tackle day two head-on, and take the tournament to the rest of the field.
After some hard work and a good sleep the night before, the team arrived at the Quechee Club on Sunday morning mentally and physically prepared to build on its momentum from Saturday. As joint leaders, the team played in the last wave of tee times on Sunday. The players had a good warm up in preparation for the challenging Highlands course, where second round play would take place. In perfect conditions, the team rose to the occasion to take a satisfying first victory of the season. Spearheaded by a superb three-under par 69 from Furey in his debut tournament for the Crimson, the team recorded a three-under-par 285 aggregate total, beating Hartford by eight on the day. Royston had another good round, shooting an even-par 72 despite a triple bogey at the seventh. This helped him to a tie for second individually with a two-under par total for the event. Vinar suffered a nasty bee-sting on the twelfth tee, but fought hard to record a 72. Deng joined in with 72, while Ramnath recorded a 76. Harvard finished the tournament on an aggregate total of two-under par 574.
The team was thrilled with one of its best performances to date. After two weeks of intensive practice and qualifying, everyone arrived at the tournament prepared and clear on their processes. It is satisfying to see the hard work pay dividends and exciting to see our games move in the right direction. Moreover, the team remains committed to its focus on process and controllable factors on a daily basis.
The team is thankful for the amazing efforts of the coaches, Kevin and Curtis Rhoads, and their continued belief and support. We are forever grateful to the Friends of Harvard Golf for their incredible interest and support; without whom we would not have experiences such as this weekend! The team is excited for next week's event at Yale, and is ready for the challenge ahead.