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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Freshman Scott Jaster (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) completed the first round of the Ivy League Men’s Golf Championship at Baltusrol at even par to tie atop the leaderboard and help Dartmouth tie Harvard for first with a 299 (+19). The field is clumped closely together, however, with the top five teams all within three strokes of the lead.

The rookie Jaster showed some jitters at the outset of the tournament, taking bogeys on each of the first two holes. But he quickly righted the ship with pars on the next five holes before sinking a birdie on the 374-yard par-4 eighth. Following another four pars, he dropped another birdie on a par 4, this time the 400-yard 13th. Jaster then closed out his round with five more pars to be one of just two golfers to shoot par over the first 18 holes, being joined by Brown’s Nelson Hargrove. The two have a two-stroke lead over another pair, Harvard’s Theodore Lederhausen and Cornell’s Carl Schimenti.

Jaster wasn’t the only Big Green rookie to turn in a solid round as Sean Fahey (Villanova, Pa.) also placed in the top 10 with his four-over 74, though his scores were a bit more volatile. After six holes, the freshman found himself already four over before recording consecutive birdies on 7 and 8. On the back nine, he birdied 13 (making him and Jaster the only two entrants to do so) while taking three bogeys with five pars to wrap up his day in a tie for seventh.

Junior Charlie Edler (Fair Haven, N.J.) struggled a bit through the first 16 holes and was sitting at nine-over par before rattling off birdies on the final two holes that allowed Dartmouth to pull even with Harvard at the end of the day. His 77 (+7) placed him in a tie for 20th.

Dartmouth’s low scorer during the spring, freshman Jeff Lang (Lexington, Mass.), was off his game a bit with nine bogeys and a solitary birdie on the 444-yard par-4 10th. But he seemed to find his groove by the end of the day with pars on four of the last five holes.

Rounding out the Big Green competitors on the Lower Course at Baltusrol was sophomore Dylan Rusk (Edina, Minn.) in a tie for 31st with a 79 (+9). Like Lang, Rusk improved on the back nine, including a birdie on 14, to hopefully gain some momentum for the second round, which begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Dartmouth five will be paired with Harvard golfers as the top two teams, with Rusk leading the way at 1:30 p.m.