BEDMINSTER, N.J. — After finishing the first round of the inaugural Seton Hall Pirate Invitational at Trump National in 11th place, the Dartmouth women’s golf team improved by 12 strokes on the second day but completed the event where it began the day — 11th place with a two-day total of 678 (+102). Senior Sarah Knapp (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) was the Big Green’s top finisher in a tie for 11th after carding a 78 (+7) to total a 16-over 158.
Columbia overcame a two-stroke deficit entering the day to secure the team title with a 309 (+21) on the second day to finish at 631 (+55), one stroke ahead of Yale, which had the low round of the day at 306 (+18). First-day leader Princeton fell back to third with a 315 (+27) on Sunday, leaving the Tigers four strokes off the pace overall.
Sharing medalist honors were St. John’s Anna Kim and Columbia’s Michelle Piyapattra at four-over par (148). Piyapattra shot even par on Sunday, the only round at par in the windy conditions over the weekend.
Knapp began the day on the back nine and started with three consecutive bogeys. But she settled in after that, recording par on 10 of the final 15 holes with a birdie on the 353-yard par-four fifth. Knapp registered 20 pars over the two days, the most of any Dartmouth golfer.
Junior Jane Lee (North Shore City, New Zealand) dropped back into a tie for 24th at 163 (+19) after beginning the day tied for sixth. Freshman Tara Simmons (Goldsboro, N.C.) improved on her first round by three strokes to card a two-day total of 175 (+31) to place 60th. After Knapp, the next lowest score for Dartmouth on Sunday belonged to sophomore Lily Morrison (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) with a 12-over 84, a 17-stroke improvement from the first round. Rounding out the Big Green golfers was Kathryn Kennedy (Medina, Minn.) with a 96 as she finished in 86th place.
Dartmouth will play again next weekend beginning on Sunday in the two-day Brown Bear Invitational at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I.