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Lee, Knapp Among Top 10 at Seton Hall Pirate Invitational

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Senior Sarah Knapp finished the first day in a tie for 10th place.     By John and Matt Risley
BEDMINSTER, N.J. — With 17 teams participating at the inaugural Seton Hall Pirate Invitational at Trump National, the Dartmouth women’s golf team placed two individuals among the top 10 after the first round of competition on Saturday. Junior Jane Lee (North Shore City, New Zealand) shot a six-over-par 78 to tie for sixth while senior Sarah Knapp (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) came in at eight-over to tie for 10th.

As a team, the Big Green totaled 345 (+57) on the day, 25 strokes behind Princeton at 320 (+32). Columbia was two strokes back, Penn four and Yale six to round out the top four, while host Seton Hall finished in fifth place with a 328 (+40).

The scores were higher than normal across the board due to gusty conditions. Winds in Bedminster, N.J., were regularly 25 mph during the hours of competition early in the afternoon.

Lee began her round teeing off on the back nine and immediately scored par on the par-3 10th hole. After bogeying each of the next three, she regrouped to par the next six holes before garnering her lone birdie of the day on the par-3 second hole. She completed her round with 11 pars as well; only four other golfers had more.

Getting her start on the 11th hole, Knapp had a bit more of an inauspicious start with a triple bogey. She composed herself to par the next hole and sink her solitary birdie on the par-3 14th before ending the day with 10 pars of her own. The par-3 holes were her biggest strength on the course, playing the four holes at a combined even par, equaling the best showing in the field.

The two other Dartmouth golfers to contribute to the team score were freshman Tara Simmons (Goldsboro, N.C.) with an 89 to tie for 62nd and senior Kathryn Kennedy (Medina, Minn.) with a 98 to finish in 84th place. Sophomore Lily Morrison (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) also compete for the Big Green and carded a 101.

The tournament will conclude tomorrow with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.