Golf ties first at McDaniel Invitational

First-year Michael Cheng led the Carnegie Mellon golf team to a first-place tie with Susquehanna College at the McDaniel Spring Invitational, held at the Bridges Golf Club in Abbottstown, Pa. this past weekend. With 15 teams in attendance and over 80 competitors, all five Tartans finished in the top third, contributing a final 310 total that was 22 above par. Following the Tartans and Susquehanna, Franklin & Marshall College fell four points behind in third place, and Nazareth College trailed 39 points at 61 above par.

“The weather conditions definitely made it tougher to score well, but I tried my best to be patient knowing that everyone was experiencing the same thing,” Cheng said. “Everyone was looking forward to competing and redeeming ourselves after a poor performance last week.”

Originally, the invitational was supposed to go to 36 holes, but due to slick course conditions and thunderstorms, the tournament was called after 18 holes. Despite the abrupt conclusion, the Tartans showed well and took the top spot with three of their five in the top 20 players.

Senior Alex Timmons ended in an eight-way tie for seventh place, with 77 strokes or five above par. To follow, junior Christopher Lee also ended the tournament in a tie, sharing the 15th spot with six other golfers who concluded the tournament with 78 stokes at six above par.

Senior Joshua Chen claimed a four-way tie for 22nd place with 80 strokes, eight above par. To close out the Tartans’ standings, first-year Terence Einhorn also grabbed an eight-way tie for 26th at 81 strokes, nine above par.

“Overall, everyone on the team played well, and we are looking to do the same tomorrow,” concluded Cheng.

This afternoon, the team will compete in the Titan Spring Invitational held at the New Castle Country Club in New Castle, Pa.
“I am proud of how the team played,” said coach Rich Erdelyi. “The weather was cold and the course was wet with bumpy greens. All things considered, we shot some good scores given the difficult conditions. We beat three teams that were ranked above us. This is critical, as we position ourselves to have a chance at meeting our season-long goal of making nationals.”