Oct. 20, 2004
Brewster, MA - Inclement weather didn't deter the Brown men's golf team as the Bears responded with a 6th place finish out of 46 teams at the 70th Annual New England Championship, played in rainy and near unplayable conditions on the second day of competition.
The Bears could have finished higher in the standings if a controversial ruling hadn't been made in the middle of the round to change a pin location that was under water. The Brown team had played the hole in near unplayable conditions, but the teams following the Bears were given the opportunity to putt at a new playable pin location that was not affected at all by water, contrary to the USGA rules of golf.
Brown's team shot a two-day 630 (309, 321) at the Captains Course in Brewster, MA. Only three teams in the field playing before the pin change had better scores than the Brown registered on the second day of play. Every team after the pin change scored lower than the Bears.
Placing 45th overall at 159 were Bears' freshman Larry Haertel (Greenwich, CT) and senior Robert Chen (Orangeburg, SC). Haertel shot 77, 82, while Chen carded 79, 80. Freshman Ryan Larson (Seattle, WA) also scored for the Bears with a two-day 166, shooting 84, 82.