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Men's Golf Starts Season Second at the Yale Spring Opener

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James Pleat     By John and Matt Risley
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Opening its spring season at The Course at Yale, the Dartmouth men's golf team finished second of 12 teams at the Yale Spring Opener on Saturday. The Big Green finished with a team score of 591 in two rounds, which was 17 strokes behind the winner, Tennessee (574).

Senior Peter Williamson (Hanover, N.H.) led Dartmouth, placing second with an even-par 140. Williamson shot a one-over-par 71 in his first round and was one-under (69) in his second. Rick Lamb of Tennessee took home the individual medalist honors with a 139 (71, 68).

Junior James Pleat (Nashua, N.H.) tied for eighth with a nine-over-par 149. He fired a 76 in the first and a 73 in the second. Freshman Charlie Edler (Fair Haven, N.J.) and sophomore Joey Maziar (Atlanta, Ga.) were two shots behind Pleat at 11-over-par (151). The duo tied for 12th place. Senior Teddy Overton (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) rounded out the scoring for the Big Green, finishing in a tie for 37th. He shot a two-round total of 160.

It was the first competitive team golf for the Big Green since they won the Classic at Rhode Island on Oct. 15-16. In its last four events, Dartmouth has placed third (Macdonald Cup), first (Big 5 Invite), first (The Classic) and second (Yale Spring Opener).

The individual second-place finish adds to Williamson's already impressive week. On Thursday, he was named one of the five finalists for the 2012 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. The full release can be found here.

Next weekend the Big Green head to the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J. for the Princeton Invitational.