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Williamson Birdies Final Three Holes to Tie for Fifth

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Senior Peter Williamson tied for fifth at the NCAA Central Regional.     By Daryl Marshke
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Senior Peter Williamson (Hanover, N.H.) finished his collegiate career on Saturday by posting a birdie on his final three holes to tie for fifth at 6-under-par (207) at the NCAA Central Regional. Williamson carded a 4-under-par 67 to move up seven spots in the final round. Albin Choi of North Carolina State was in the individual champion and the individual not on an advancing team to move on to the NCAA Championship. He posted a 3-under-par 68 on Saturday to finish at 10-under for the tournament. The event was held at the par-71, 6,723-yard U-M Golf Course.

The Ann Arbor Regional featured 13 teams and 10 individuals playing 54-holes, Thursday through Saturday (May 17-19). The low five teams and the low individual not on an advancing team moved on to the NCAA Championship.

Williamson recorded the third-lowest score by an individual not on an advancing team, but fell four strokes short of moving on to the finals. He started the day on the 10th tee and birdied his second hole, the par-5 11th. The senior followed that with three straight pars, before carding a birdie on the 391-yard par-4 15th. He ended his first nine with a par on 16, a bogey on 17 and a par on 18. The 17th proved to be difficult hole for Williamson all week as he bogeyed the 399-yard par 4 in each round.

On the front side, the Hanover native pared the first six holes before ending the tournament and his collegiate career with some spectacular play. He birdied the par-4 378-yard seventh for the first time this week, and then birdied his first par 3 of the tournament on the 159-yard eighth. Williamson finished up his round and the event with his third straight birdie on the 414-yard par-4 ninth. It marked the first time in the tournament he birdied three straight holes.

He ended the Regional with 1 eagle, 13 birdies, 31 pars and nine bogeys. The tie for fifth was the best finish for Williamson in three tries in the NCAA Regionals. In 2009, he tied for 41st, and in 2011, he tied for 10th.

USC won the team competition at the Regional with an 11-under-par 841. The other four teams to advance to the NCAA Championship were Oregon at 10-under (842), Kent State at 8-under (844), Virginia at 6-under (846) and TCU at 3-under (849).

Earlier this season, Williamson won his second consecutive Ivy League title and the third of his career. The Hanover native's third individual Ivy title made him only the second player in Ivy League history to win three. Yale's Bob Heintz, who has split time between the PGA and Nationwide Tours, won three titles from 1990-92. Williamson also earned first-team All-Ivy honors, which marked the fourth time he was named All-Ivy. He became the ninth player to be a four-time All-Ivy honoree. Williamson joins Lee Birchall ’02 as the only Dartmouth golfers to earn four All-Ivy honors.

The senior was also named the Ivy League's Player of the Year. It marked the third time he garnered the honor, after receiving the recognition in 2009 and 2011.