The Tigers kick off their season opener Sept. 24-25 at their little gem, Springdale GC (teams & scores above) and I will be there Saturday for the second time (first time was in 2018). However, it's a weird situation for Princeton ... only three of their seven players are playing, all as individuals ... why? I have a good guess ... I looked up the school newspaper and The Bug has been running hot lately ... 112 positives during the week of Sept. 12 thru 16. The good news is that the player I want to see, Fr. Catherine Rao, is teeing it up. She is #408 on WAGR, but it's safe to call it a lagging indicator ... after all, she reached the quarters of the USWA at Chambers Bay last month.
There are a couple of familiar names here ... Ami Gianchandani (aka The Yale Librarian) ... playing as a 5th season senior ... she could be low medalist. The other is Jessie Kweon (St. John's) ... grouped with Bianca P. at her 2021 USWO qualifier in Spring Lake ... Kweon beat her by three shots (Bianca stunk that day).
The whole field is doing a shotgun start at 9AM ... Rao and Gianchandani are in "concurrent" groups starting at holes 1A and 1B (huh?), so it shouldn't be difficult following both.
I thought they were playing 18 holes today ... whoops, they played 36 holes ... and I didn't bring any snacks or water. I left around 2:50 PM ... shortly before that, I was standing at the 15th fairway and a rules official drove up to me and asked if I was a spotter ... I said no. He said this hole needed one since the dogleg fairway with water down the right side was out of sight from the tee, then drove away. After I left, I realized I blew it ... I should have told him I would spot if he could get me one of the player bag lunches.
There were a few surprises ... including someone hittingflushing a driver off the deck ... I never thought I'd see that in the Ivy League ... I'll post a report later with a couple of pics I took.
Yale went wire-to-wire in winning the team score ... shot +2 over three rounds and beat Harvard by 12 strokes ... quite right that the Yale Librarian should be front and center with the trophy ... she also finished 3rd in the individual scoring at -2.
The low medalist (and not the first time) was Victoria Liu (aka Lefty Sung Hung), who shot 66-69-69-205 (-9), winning by four strokes ... nothing against Princeton or the Ivy League, but how on earth did Coach DeSanty get this player?