Men’s Golf Posts Best Showing in Nearly Two Seasons

The MIT men’s golf team posted a Saturday team score of 330 and two-day team total of 668 — the lowest respective scores earned by the Engineers in nearly two years — in this past weekend’s Dartmouth Invitational at Hanover Country Club. Despite turning in its best outing of the season, the team placed eighth out of nine schools in competition against a field of seven Division I opponents.

Tech hadn’t managed a lower single-day or two-day tournament total since Oct. 20, 2005 when the team posted scores of 325 and 659, respectively, at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Championship.

Anthony G. Fowler ’09, playing in front of his visiting family, turned in the Engineers’ lowest score for the weekend with a 76 on Saturday. Edward B. Keith ’09 used confident putting to shoot an 81, while Bradley S. Brown ’08 (86), Austin L. Oehlerking ’08 (87) and Bryn L. Waldwick ’10 (97) rounded out MIT’s opening day scores.

Following the team’s notable Saturday showing, the Cardinal and Gray started even more impressively on Sunday, as first-hole birdie putts from Keith and Brown highlighted a great front nine that put the Engineers in strong position. However, swirling winds and tricky pin placements led to higher scores on the final nine holes. Brown led the way with an 80, while Keith (82), Fowler (86), Oehlerking (90), and Waldwick (97) completed Tech’s second-round totals.

Head coach Bruce Chalas praised Brown’s steadiness and Oehlerking’s putting, while also noting that he was pleased with the overall team effort and camaraderie.

MIT will return to the links on Saturday, Oct. 6, when it will compete in the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Championship in Chicopee, Mass.