Palo Alto High grad Grant Raffel not only earned his first collegiate golf title this past weekend, but he helped Williams College win the NYU/Manhattanville Invitational team title, as well.
Raffel, a freshman, shot rounds of 71 and 73 to win the individual title by a single stroke. His effort also helped the Elps record rounds of 294 and 296 for a 590 total. That was good for a one-stroke win over Middlebury College in the 13-team field.
Raffel played superb golf all weekend, getting a birdie to win a playoff against Matt van Niekerk (72-72-144) of the University of Rochester.
Raffel was coming off a tie for 10th (72-80-152) at the Rhody Invitational. He also finished 28th at the NESCAC Fall Invitational, tied for 11th at the Williams Invitational to help the Elps win the team title, shot 75-77 at the Duke Nelson Invitational and made his collegiate debut by leading the Elps with a 76-80-156 for eighth place at the Bowdoin Invitational.
Palo Alto has three senior student-athletes headed to NESCAC schools next year: Becca Raffel (volleyball/Middlebury College), Julia Saul (softball/Colby College); Aashli Budhiraja (tennis/Wesleyan College) and Pippa Raffel (track and field/Middlebury College).
Menlo School grad Michaela Michael, a freshman at USC, had a pair of goals in an 8-7 loss to 20th-ranked Denver on Sunday in Colorado. Among Denver's victories this season is one over Stanford. USC will host Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m., a match that will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
Palo Alto grad Nicky Hu had a hand in Harvard's 4-0 victory over Penn on Sunday, moving the Crimson to 3-1 in the Ivy League and 14-6 overall.
Nationally No. 31 Harvard started off the contest by claiming the doubles point for the third-straight outing. The tandem of Hu and Brian Yeung earned a win over Jeremy Court and Zach Katz, 8-6, on court two.
Harvard freshman Andrew Ball from Menlo School was leading in his singles match, 6-3, 1-6, 2-1 when the Crimson clinched the match.