The golf team finished its season in seventh place at the Ivy League championship — one place better than it ended at last year’s conference championship. The tournament was held at Galloway National Golf Club, near Atlantic City, N.J.
The Red came out of day one of the tournament tied in sixth, with defending champion, Yale, thanks to a score of 329. All five of the starting golfers — Seniors Alex Simson and John Dean and sophomores Craig Esposito, Carl Schimenti and Zach Bosse — all finished with scores greater than 80, with Bosse scoring a 90.
The Red shot 18 strokes better in the second round (including a two-over-par 73 performance by Schimenti), but the improvement was not enough to move out of sixth place. On the final day of the tournament the Red shot a 321 and finished seventh.
The course was definitely a factor in the outcome as Dean said that it was the, “most challenging green complexes [that] I have ever played.”
Although this year, the Red thought that it would be in contention for winning the Ivy League, it does have a promising future, as Dean thinks that the underclassmen have a lot of talent. Schimenti, a sophomore, had the best performance for Cornell and finished with a 21-over-par 234 and tied for 17th place.
According to senior captain Alex Lavin, in order to continue growth, it is pertinent to continue play into the summer.
“This offseason is different from the winter break because the full swing of golf is really in the summer,” said Lavin. “It's important for guys to keep competing in the coming months. There are tons of amateur events with strong fields; it's good experience. It'll be cool to see all our in-state guys playing in the same events.”
As for the seniors, Lavin does not plan on stopping this summer.
“I'm personally looking forward to getting home to play my favorite courses in Chicago,” he said. “And there's been some discussion of the guys meeting up to play some great tracks out east, maybe get in some of the same events.”