April 7, 2011

Seniors Aim for First Ivy Crown

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Last year, Cornell’s golf team finished in sixth place at the Ivy League championships. This year, the Red has set its sights on the ultimate prize of achieving its first Ivy League title in program history. Some may wonder why this team is different from any other, considering that the Red could not quite win it all when it had star captain Robbie Fritz ’08 on the roster. Well, the answer may lie in the composition of this year’s squad.“We have five seniors on the team this year and you can’t always say that. This is a very special group,” said head coach Matt Baughan.“This year we are very senior heavy and freshman heavy. When I was a freshman the team was very senior heavy and when they left, it left a hole in the team. This team is much older and more experienced than most teams I have been a part of,” added senior co-captain Dan Bosse. The current roster is confident that it has the ability to make an historic run not only this year, but also for years to come. This dynamic has allowed the senior class to act as role models for the  younger members of the team, paving the way for success in the future. Nonetheless, the Red has not lost sight of what is at stake this season. Thus far the team has played in one tournament, the Towson Invitational, where it placed 13th overall. The squad was not pleased with its performance, but views it as a learning experience.“It came so early that we viewed the tournament as a warm-up. It was a good way to shake off the rust and it was good to put us in the position to feel the stress and pressure that goes along with a tournament,” said senior co-captain Matt Jaye. The team has decided to bring senior Tim Murphy and freshman Zack Bosse to Princeton this weekend, neither of whom are ordinarily starters. For Bosse, it will truly be an opportunity to make a name for himself. “I’m obviously excited, but what comes with the territory is the pressure to fill this void, to bring Cornell to a higher place,” the freshman said. “I have to proceed with caution. I really want to play well, but I have to keep a level head.”As Dan Bosse explains, at the end of the day, it all comes down to the Ivy League championship.“We know we can do it. We have the talent to do it and we have the experience to not be scared of the moment,” he said. “With [our] good senior leadership we can make a run at [the Ivy League championship].”

Original Author: Ben Schneid