GALLOWAY TWP., N.J. — With one round in the books, the Dartmouth men's golf teams leads the Ivy League Championship by two strokes over Columbia. Senior Peter Williamson is also tied for the individual lead, following a 2-over-par 73. The Big Green shot a 310 (+26) in difficult weather conditions at the Galloway National Golf Club. The par-71 6,606-yard course played longer and more difficult with winds at 20-25 mph along with gusts up to 30 mph. The Lions shot a 312 (+28), Harvard is seven strokes back at 317 (+33) and Penn is in fourth with a 318 (+34).
Dartmouth and Brown the were the first two schools in the clubhouse with the Big Green having to wait to see where their score would rank after each team finished. The posting of a 310 looked like it might only be strong enough for third after each team had made it through its opening nine, but Columbia and Harvard faltered on the back nine to give Dartmouth a two-stroke advantage. The Big Green have not won the Ivy Championship since 1983.
Williamson got off to a good start with a birdie on the par-4 first. He dropped back to even on the fourth hole, which started a five-hole stretch in which he bogeyed three. On the back nine he birdied the par-4 15th, but posted a five on the par-4 18th to finish the round at 2-over. He is tied with Scott Williams of Penn in the top spot. Williamson took the individual medalist honors last year and in 2009. Williams won in 2010 with Williamson finishing in a tie for fourth.
Williamson wasn't the only Dartmouth golfing in the top 10. Junior James Pleat (Nashua, N.H.) is tied for fourth after having an up-and-down day. He recorded only two pars in his first 12 holes with three birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys. Pleat ended his round with six straight pars to finish with a 6-over-par 77. Sophomore Joey Maziar (Atlanta, Ga.) is two strokes behind Pleat and tied for 11th at 8-over-par (79).
Freshman Charlie Edler (Fair Haven, N.J.) is tied for 19th with a 10-over-par 81. The highlight of his round came on the par-5 ninth where he carded an eagle, the only one of the day for the Big Green. Freshman Daniel Knight (Montreal, Quebec) is in a tie for 21st, following a 13-over-par 84.
After being the first on the course on Friday, Dartmouth will be in the final pairings on Saturday for round two. Knight will be the first off the tee for the Big Green at 1:15 p.m. with Williamson teeing off in the final pairing of the day at 1:51 p.m.