Palo Alto grad Raffel wins his first college golf title


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.

College commitments

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).

Women's lacrosse

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.

Men's tennis

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.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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