LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Dartmouth men’s golf team opened its fall season with a victory at the Bucknell Fall Invite. The Big Green followed up an opening round team total of 297 on Saturday with a 287 and 291 in the second and third rounds.

Dartmouth held a three-stroke advantage entering the final round and held off Laval to claim the team victory. The team from the Upper Valley scored a four-stroke triumph over Laval while Colgate, Bucknell and the Bucknell second team rounded out the top five. The Big Green had three players finish in the top 10.

The two day, 54-hole event was contested at the par-70, 6, 232 yard Bucknell Golf Course.

Senior Joey Maziar had his best collegiate finish as he tied for low individual medalist honors with Laval’s Julien Marchand. The Atlanta, Ga., native finished with a tournament total of 216. At the conclusion of the match tournament officials used the USGA match of cards criteria to break the tie. The first tiebreaker was low final round, which went to Julien Marchand from Laval. Maziar began the event with a three-over-par 73 and shot a 71 in the second round before carding  a 72 in his 18 holes on Sunday.

After struggling in the opening round with a 77, junior Charlie Edler fired a second round 69 and a third round 71 to finish tied for third. During the second round, Edler was one of just two players in the field to shoot under par.

Charles Cai earned a share of ninth place with a 54-hole score of 222. Cai shot a 72 in the first round and finished with a three-over 73 and a 77. Dylan Rusk and Harry Boling rounded out the field for the Big Green. Rusk finished tied for 11th with a 225 (75-76-74) and Boling earned a share of 13th with  226 (78-74-74).

The win was Dartmouth’s first since October of 2011 at the Big Five Invitational.

The team returns to the links Sept. 21-22 as they travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to take part in the Cornell Invitational taking place at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.