GALLOWAY TWP., N.J. — On the third playoff hole on Sunday, Penn claimed the Ivy League Men's Golf Championship with Dartmouth finishing second. Senior Peter Williamson (Hanover, N.H.) earned the individual championship, winning his second consecutive title and the third of his career.
After three rounds at the Galloway National Golf Club, Dartmouth and Penn each posted a three-round total of 917 (+65). Ivy rules dictated the two schools compete in a team playoff to determine the champion. For the playoff, all five players from each team played hole 18. After no advantage was gained, they played the 17th, but still the teams remained tied. With no advantage gained by either team on the first two playoff holes (in five-count-four scoring), the ten players played No. 18 for a third time today and the Quakers ultimately prevailed.
The Big Green were looking for their first championship since 1983, but did have their highest finish since taking second in 1995.
There was really never any doubt during Sunday's round that Williamson would finish in the top spot. He entered the day with a 7-stroke advantage, and shot even-par on the par-71 6,606-yard course in the third round to secure the victory by eight shots. For the three-day championship, he shot an even-par 213 with his closest competitor, Michael Yiu of Columbia, finishing at 8-over (221).
The Hanover native's third individual Ivy title made him only the second player in Ivy League history to win three. Yale's Bob Heintz, who has split time between the PGA and Nationwide Tours, won three titles from 1990-92.He also earned first-team All-Ivy honors, which marked the fourth time he was named All-Ivy. He became the ninth player, along with competitor Scott Williams of Penn, to be a four-time All-Ivy honoree. Williamson joins Lee Birchall ’02 as the only Dartmouth golfers to earn four All-Ivy honors.
Williamson was also named the conference's Player of the Year. It marked the third time he garnered the honor, after receiving the recognition in 2009 and 2011.
Dartmouth entered Sunday with a four-shot lead over Columbia and a 16-shot advantage on Penn. The Lions took third with a 920 (+68), following a 312 (+28) in the final round. The Quakers shot an impressive 297 (+13) to tie the Big Green. Dartmouth posted a 313 (+29) in the final round.
Freshman Charlie Edler (Fair Haven, N.J.) made a strong push for the Big Green in his final four holes on Sunday. He entered the 15th at 8-over-par for the round, but carded a birdie on the par-4 15th and a birdie on the 18th to post a 6-over-par 77 in round three. He tied for seventh at 17-over-par (230) at the championship, which earned him second-team All-Ivy honors.
Junior James Pleat (Nashua, N.H.) finished in a four-way tie for 11th at 19-over-par (232). He shot a 79 (+8) in the third round. Freshman Daniel Knight (Montreal, Quebec) was the fourth scorer for the Big Green in the final round with a 15-over-par 86. He tied for 33rd with a 247 (+34). Sophomore Joey Maziar (Atlanta, Ga.) struggled on Sunday and finished 36th at the championship. He posted a 93 (+22) in the final round for a total of 253 (+40).
2012 Ivy League Player of the
, Dartmouth, Sr. (Hanover, N.H.)#
# - Unanimous
2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
Will Davenport, Yale, Fr. (Palm City, Fla.)
Final Team Scores
1. Penn (318-302-297--917)*
1. Dartmouth (310-294-313 -- 917)
3. Columbia (312-296-312--920)
4. Harvard (317-302-303--922)
5. Princeton (321-300-309--930)
6. Yale (329-315-296--940)
7. Cornell (329-311-321--961)
8. Brown (337-329-308--974)
* - Defeated Dartmouth on third playoff hole to win Ivy Championship.
1. , Dartmouth (73-69-71--213)*
2. Michael Yiu, Columbia (76-73-72--221)*
3. Sam Bernstein, Yale (78-77-69--224)*
4. P.J. Fielding, Penn (83-72-70--225)*
5. Scott Williams, Penn (73-76-77--226)*
6. Evan Harmeling, Princeton (80-75-74--229)^
t7. Charlie Edler, Dartmouth (81-72-77--230)^
t7. Tony Grillo, Harvard (79-75-76--230)^
t7. Akash Mirchndani, Harvard (77-72-81--230)^
10. Greg Jarmas, Princeton (77-75-79--231)^