Currently in the midst of one of its most successful seasons in recent history, the Cornell men’s golf team will hope to further cement its status as a legitimate Ivy League championship contender in the upcoming Connecticut Cup. “We’ve been having a terrific year so far, and this year’s team is the best one I’ve played with at Cornell,” said junior Christopher Troy. “We definitely have a chance to win the [Ivy League] this year as long as we stick to our game and keep improving like we’ve been doing all season.”
The Red’s confidence in its ability to win its first ever Ivy League title is not unwarranted, as the team has now finished in the top three in each of its three tournaments to date. However, Cornell has been careful to prevent its recent success from causing overconfidence going into its last tournament of the fall season. “Our confidence is high right now, but it’s definitely important … to keep ourselves modest,” Troy said.
With a third place finish at last weekend’s Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge to combine with a first place spot at the previous weekend’s Cornell Invitational, the Red has now placed in the top three of each of their tournaments this season.
For months I have been waiting to get back to my roots: sunscreen, shorts and sandals. Unfortunately, the weather of the East Coast is not quite ready to allow my pale feet to be seen in public or to be kind to the struggling Cornell golf team. The Red finished last in a field of 14 at the weather-shortened Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J., over the weekend. The field consisted of several Ancient Eight opponents including Yale, Penn, Columbia, Princeton and Harvard, thereby giving the Red a chance to see where it stands among the competitive Ivy League. [img_assist|nid=36834|title=Nice hat|desc=Junior Rob Cronheim led the Red at the Princeton Invitational, which was shortened due to bad weather.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
Just two weeks removed from a shaky start to the season, the golf team will be back on the links looking to rebound from a 14th-place finish at the Towson Invitational. The Red will be joining a field of 14 in this weekend’s Princeton Invitational.
Cornell will have the last of the five tee-times, playing alongside Towson and Rutgers on Day 1 of two. Last weekend at Towson, Rutgers finished tied for 11th while the host team finished 15th, right behind Cornell’s 930 strokes with 931.
The golf team traveled to Maryland over the weekend for the Towson University Invitational. Without its top golfer, sophomore Matt Jaye, due to an injury suffered in the offseason, Cornell sent a young team out onto the course at Towson. Junior Robert Cronheim led sophomores Dan Bosse and Ben Myer, while freshmen Alex Lavin and Alex Simson rounded out the Red’s roster for its first invitational of the spring season.
The team finished 14th in a field of 17, while Cronheim led the Red individually — he placed ninth among 90 golfers in the field. [img_assist|nid=36408|title=Line it up|desc=Junior Robert Cronheim placed ninth out of 90 total golfers at the Towson University Invitational to lead the Red.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The golf team closed out the fall portion of its season this past weekend with a home tri-meet against Binghamton and St. Bonaventure. The Red had hopes to finish out its season strong, but could not get into a rhythm on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and finished 3rd with a team score of 310. Binghamton won the meet, collectively posting a 302. [img_assist|nid=32823|title=Mind tricks|desc=Sophomore Dan Bosse lines up a putt. Bosse finished first for the Red over the weekend, No. 4 overall.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The tri-meet proved to be a disappointing end to the first half of the Red’s season. It hoped to make-up for its poor performances earlier in the year, but was unable to do so.
The golf team elected to prolong its fall season by a week, scheduling a tri-meet with Binghamton and St. Bonaventure this weekend. The one-round competition will be hosted by Cornell at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course on Sunday. The meet will serve as a final chance for the Red to sharpen its game and gain some momentum before the long winter offseason.
“We’d really like to go out and play well,” said sophomore Dan Bosse. “Especially being at home, it’d be great to build some momentum heading into the winter. The last few tournaments we’ve stumbled a bit, we just want to go out and get some confidence back.”