April 16, 2009

Golf Heads to Cave Valley Invite to Improve before Ivy Championships

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After opening the fall season with three straight finishes in the top-half of the field, the golf team has put together a new streak for spring – four straight finishes in the bottom-half of the field. With a last-place finish at the Princeton Invitational this past weekend; the Red has one more shot to work out the kinks in its game this weekend at the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate before the Ivy League Championships begin on April 24th.
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In two events this spring, Cornell has found a comfortable spot in the 14th position. The Red opened the semester with a collective 66-over par to finish ahead of three teams at the Towson Invitational. With only 14 teams in the field at Princeton, Cornell’s 81-over par was not enough to avoid going into the clubhouse in last place.
It has been over a year since the Red’s mot recent first-place finish, which came in the fall semester last season at the Big 5 Classic. At this year’s Big 5 Classic, Cornell finished 13th in a field of 15.
Since a fifth-place finish in last season’s Ivy League Champion-ships, Cornell’s highest finish during the 2008-2009 season was its third-place showing at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca – in a three-team match with Binghamton and St. Bonaventure.
The difference in results from last season to this season is not the only change the team has seen. Its roster of scoring golfers has only one carry-over from last season, junior captain Robert Cronheim.
In perhaps one of its most disappointing season, the Red is down to its final stroke before the Ivy League Championships. The Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate is hosted by Yale, and will include Brown, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, as well as Bucknell and George Washington.
This will be the first time Cornell will face Brown this year, having finished behind all other Ivy competitors last weekend. Outside of the Ancient Eight, Cornell finished ahead of Bucknell in Ithaca by one stroke before finishing behind the Bison at the White Clay Creek Scotty Duncan Memorial in Delaware. The Red also finished with a 596 at the Navy Fall Invitational, an event that George Washington won with a 572.