Golf team takes 10th at Vulcan Invitational

After a successful start to the season, the Carnegie Mellon golf team faltered last Sunday and Monday at the Vulcan Invitational tournament, hosted by California University of Pennsylvania. The tournament, which featured some of the best teams in the state, was a tough test for the Tartans, who finished 10th out of 13 teams. This is their lowest finish of the season, compared to last week’s first-place finish at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational in Delaware, Ohio, and second-place finish at the Guy Kuhn Invitational in Meadville, Pa.

During the Vulcan Invitational, the cold and rainy weather tested the Tartans’ physical and mental abilities as they struggled to get through each round. Their performances were strong on the first day, highlighted by scores of 72 and 74 by junior Terence Einhorn and first-year Ian Bangor, respectively. However, the team slipped up on the second day of the tournament and dropped a few spots for a 10th place finish. Still, Einhorn and Bangor continued their stellar play, finishing 10th and 12th in the invitational as individuals, respectively. Senior Brent Driscoll and sophomore Jisoo Park also had strong weekends for the Tartans, as they were the lowest scorers for the team, placing third and fourth, respectively.

Even with a disappointing performance in the Vulcan Invitational, the golf team had early success this season and has much more to look forward to. Einhorn summarized the season thus far: “We got off to statistically the best start in CMU history.... [The Vulcan Invitational] wasn’t our best golf, but we have one more tournament this weekend to validate our great fall season.” With two strong finishes under their belt, the Tartans are strong enough to not be set back by their performance at Cal. U. However, they realize they must improve their play at this weekend’s tournament to consider this season successful.

The men’s team plays its final tournament of the season today, at the Peter Rossin Memorial tournament in Canonsburg, Pa. Since this tournament concludes their fall season, the Tartans must focus on having an excellent finish to cap their string of wins in the past few months. The memorial tournament will feature formidable teams such as McDaniel College, St. John Fisher College, and Washington and Jefferson College.

Bangor stressed the importance of being ready to play on this last weekend of the season. “The team has been playing solidly, and I think we have great potential to shoot a low number if everyone comes together and plays well at the same time for this last tournament,” he said.