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Dartmouth Holds Four-Stroke Lead at Ivy Championship

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Senior Peter Williamson leads the Ivy Championship by seven strokes.     By Tim Cowie

GALLOWAY TWP., N.J. — The Dartmouth men's golf team leads the Ivy League Championship by four strokes after round two at the Galloway National Golf Club on Saturday. Senior Peter Williamson (Hanover, N.H.) leads the individual competition by seven strokes as he looks for his third Ivy individual medalist honor.

The Big Green entered Saturday with a two-stroke lead over Columbia and pushed it to four after improving their score by 16 strokes in the second round. Dartmouth finished with a 294 (+10) in round two on the par-71 6,606-yard course after a 310 (+26) on Friday for a total of 604 (+36). The Lions shot a 296 (+12) on Saturday and are in second with a 608 (+40). Harvard is a distant third with a two-round total of 619 (+51). The Big Green have not won the Ivy Championship since 1983.

Williamson was tied with Scott Williams of Penn after an opening-round 73, but the Hanover native separated himself from the rest of his competitors with a 2-under-par 69 in the second round to sit at even-par (142). Akash Mirchandani of Harvard and Williams are Williamson's closest competition at 7-over (149).

The senior played his first six holes at 1-over with the only hiccup coming on the par-4 fourth. Williamson responded by posting birdies on the seventh, ninth and 10th to move to even-par for the tournament. He bogeyed the 13th to move back to 1-over, but carded a birdie on the par-4 15th to get back to par for the championship. He pared the final three holes to give himself a seven-stroke lead entering the final round. 

Freshman Charlie Edler (Fair Haven, N.J.) moved up the leaderboard on Saturday. He started the day tied for 19th, and after a 72 (+1) in round 2, he is tied for eighth at 153 (+11). Edler struggled early in his round with a double on the second and a bogey on the third and fifth. He bounced back on the par-5 fifth with a birdie and then birdied the par-5 ninth and the par-5 11th. He recorded another birdie on the 15th, and ended his round with a bogey on the 18th. In two rounds, he is playing the par-5's at 4-under.

Junior James Pleat (Nashua, N.H.) is tied with Edler for the eighth with a 153 (+11). He shot a five-over-par 76 in his second round, posting three birdies. Sophomore Joey Maziar (Atlanta, Ga.) birdied his opening hole, but faltered in the rest of his round, shooting a 10-over-par 81. He is in 21st with a 160 (+160).

Edler wasn't the only Dartmouth player moving up on day two. Freshman Daniel Knight (Montreal, Quebec) finished round one tied for 27th, but after a 6-over-par 77 on Saturday, he is tied for 22nd at 161 (+19). Knight started play with two bogeys and a double, but came back with four pars and two birdies on the next six holes. He carded two birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine.

The championship concludes on Sunday with the Big Green in the final pairings. Knight will be the first off the tee at 10:45 a.m. with Williamson teeing off in the final pairing of the day at 11:21 a.m.