BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh golf team will travel to Gladstone, N.J. Tuesday to take on Lafayette in a match play competition dubbed the President’s Cup. The matches will take place at Hamilton Farm Golf Club. This event is taking place for the second consecutive year and will count towards the Lehigh-Lafayette rivalry for the first time.
The match will be played in Ryder Cup format, with the morning featuring three nine hole matches of alternate shot and an additional three nine hole matches of better ball between partners. Seven singles matches will be played in the afternoon. All events will be worth one point, meaning 13 points will be available. Lehigh needs 6.5 points to retain the cup since they won a year ago while Lafayette will need seven points to win the cup.
Freshman Harley Abrams leads the Mountain Hawks into the match after impressing for the Mountain Hawks in all three of their events this season. He finished tied for second individually as Lehigh took second as a team in the Colgate Invitational and tied for seventh individually to help the Mountain Hawks win the Bucknell Invitational. In Lehigh’s most recent event, Abrams finished tied with sophomore Carlos Kim for the top finisher for the Brown and White as the team took 13th place at the Hartford Hawk Invitational. For his efforts, Abrams received honorable mention recognition in the Patriot League’s monthly golf awards.
Lafayette finished fifth in their most recent event, the Cornell Invitational, as they were one of just two teams in the 13 team field to have all five players post scores in the 70s. The Leopards also took eigth place in the Navy Fall Classic and 10th place in the Rutgers Invitational.
Following Tuesday’s President’s Cup matches, Lehigh will wrap-up its fall schedule when the Mountain Hawks host the Lehigh Invitational October 20-21 at Saucon Valley Country Club.
Story by Cam Omsberg ‘13