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Simmons, Knapp Lead Big Green at Ivy Women's Golf Championship

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 04/25/2014
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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Dartmouth senior Sarah Knapp (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and freshman Tara Simmons (Goldsboro, N.C.) both finished the first round of the Ivy League Women’s Golf Championship among the top 10 to lead the Big Green at Baltusrol. As a team, Dartmouth completed the opening round at 38-over par (326) to place sixth, 17 strokes ahead of Brown.

Harvard entered the clubhouse with an eight-stroke lead over Princeton with a 297 (+9) on the par-72, 6,278-yard Upper Course. Yale finished up in third place at 312 (+24), Columbia fourth at 316 (+28) and Penn fifth at 320 (+32), six strokes ahead of the Big Green.

Two golfers beat par on the first 18 holes: Harvard’s Anne Chang with a 70 (-2) and Yale’s Elisabeth Bernabe one stroke back. No one else in the field managed to score better than three-over par.

Knapp and Simmons both carded a four-over 76 on the day to tie for seventh place with two others, though they arrived there in different fashion. Knapp was six-over par after 15 holes with nine pars and six bogeys before finishing strong with birdies on 16 — the only birdie recorded on that hole on the day — and 17, followed by par on 18 to finish her round. Simmons had a little more variance on her round, suffering a double-bogey on the second hole before picking up birdies on the fifth, 14th and 17th holes.

The rest of the Dartmouth squad struggled a bit on the first day of competition with junior Jane Lee (North Shore City, New Zealand) in a tie for 25th at 84 (+12) with seven pars, 10 bogeys and a double bogey in her round. Senior Kathryn Kennedy (Medina, Minn.) played the front nine at 12-over par before settling in a bit on the back nine, including a birdie on 18, to finish the day at 90 (+18). Rounding out the Big Green five was junior Savannah Grice (Atlanta, Ga.) with a 20-over 92.

The second round will begin on Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. with tee times still to be announced.
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