Tartan golf takes first at Westminster Invite

Last Monday, the Carnegie Mellon golf team competed at and won the Westminster Invitational, hosted by Westminster College at the New Castle Country Club in New Castle, Pa. Other competing colleges included Saint Vincent, Malone, Grove City, Penn State–Behrend, La Roche, and Bethany.

The Tartans’ team score of 316 narrowly defeated Saint Vincent (319) which took second place. Malone came in third with 324 points. This was the first team win for the Tartans this season.

Carding a 76, Tartan sophomore Alex Timmons took the individual title, the first of his collegiate career. Timmons’s victory came over Chris Zamias of Saint Vincent.

“Alex made a birdie on hole 18 to force a playoff,” head coach Rich Erdelyi said. “He hit a great drive on the first playoff hole. His approach was left of the green but he made a great chip to four feet and sank the putt. His opponent made a six because of the pressure put on by Alex. Alex is much more consistent this year. He still tends to put too much pressure on himself at times. The win will hopefully bolster his confidence because he made some great shots in tough situations.”

Other notable Carnegie Mellon performances included a tie for third place by junior Howard Smith and first-year Christopher Lee. Smith and Lee both shot a five-over 77. Junior Blake Darby and first-year Brett Cannaday carded an 86 and 89, respectively.

The golf team was supposed to play at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational at Longue Vue Country Club on Thursday, but due to inclement weather, the invitational was postponed. The home event will not be rescheduled.

The team traveled to the Hershey Country Club yesterday to compete at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. The tournament will conclude today.
“This weekend is the regional tournament ... the weather does not look great and it is a very tough course,” Erdelyi said. “We are currently ranked fourth in the region out of 40 teams. The top 15 will be playing in this event. The next four weekends will be great competition on tough courses.”