Lang Leads Dartmouth to Third-Place Finish at Princeton
PRINCETON, N.J. — Freshman Jeffrey Lang (Lexington, Mass.) saved his best for last, carding a four-under 67 in the final round of the Princeton Invitational at Springdale Golf Club to finish tied for second at seven-under par, just one stroke behind Harvard’s Akash Mirchandani for medalist honors. With Lang leading the way, Dartmouth finished the tournament comfortably in third place at two-over par as a team.
Harvard staved off a furious charge by four-time defending champion Yale to win the tournament at 20-under par. The Bulldogs picked up 11 strokes on the final day by shooting 11-under in the third round with three players breaking 70 on the par-71, 6,390-yard course. But by shooting even par as a team in the third round, the Crimson won by three strokes.
Lang shot under par in each of his three rounds at Princeton, but his most consistent performance came in the final round as he birdied four holes while making par on the other 14. His scorching round nearly helped him overcome a six-stroke deficit at the start of the day, but Mirchandani did just enough to stay ahead of his teammate, Robert Deng, and Lang by a stroke.
Sophomore Dylan Rusk (Edina, Minn.) began the day at even par, then shot a 72 (+1) to end the tournament in a tie for 14th, while junior Charlie Edler (Fair Haven, N.J.) struggled in the third round with a 78 (+7) after starting the day in a tie for sixth with Lang. At the end of the day, Edler was a combined four-over (217) to tie for 21st.
Others competing for the Big Green were freshman Sean Fahey (Villanova, Pa.) who shot a three-over 74 to tie for 38th with a 222 (+9) and sophomore Charles Cai (West Windsor, N.J.) who played his best round of the tournament with a two-over 73 to finish at 18-over par in a tie for 67th.
Senior Joe Maziar competed as an individual and carded a 74 (+3) in the third round, finishing in a tie for 60th at 15-over par.
Dartmouth will next play at the Yale Invitational on Saturday, April 19.