Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2018 who are currently in their “Sophomore Summers.”
Ian Kelsey wrapped up a solid sophomore year, finishing second at the Ivy League Championship, one stroke behind the tournaments first place finisher. The Deerfield, Illinois native was one of the top performers for the Big Green this season, averaging a 73 with a low round of 67 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, which earned him a tie for second in the tournament.
You had a breakout sophomore year with the Big Green last season earning a spot on the First Team All-Ivy list. What are your thoughts on your performance in 2015-16?
I was really pleased with how I played throughout the year, but especially during the fall season. I made some big strides in my ball striking and did a really nice job of continuing to score well even when I was hitting the ball poorly. Moving into the spring season, I struggled a little with all facets of my game, but held it together for the Ivy League Championship where I pulled it all together and had one of my best tournaments of the year. Obviously, coming in 2nd was a disappointment, but we’re looking forward to the upcoming year and bringing home the trophy.
What is one of your best memory’s thus far at Dartmouth?
My favorite memory at Dartmouth so far has to be the 2016 Ivy League Championship. We had worked hard for the entire year leading up to that tournament and we all played really well to put ourselves in a position to win. To be in contention in the biggest tournament of the year is what we practice for. To see all the hard work we put in during the fall season and the winter off-season pay off was very rewarding. I am looking forward to this year’s tournament and having another shot at winning.
What is your favorite or best memory from traveling on the road with the Big Green for the past two seasons?
The best part about traveling with the team is just being able to spend time together. When we’re on the road, we usually leave Thursday afternoon and won’t get back until Sunday night. Those times are always fun because we can just hang around, watch TV, go to dinner, and of course, play golf. I really enjoy these trips because they provide a nice opportunity to get away from campus for a little and for the team to bond with each other.
How long have you been playing golf and what got you interested in the sport?
I started playing competitively when I was about 12, but my dad first introduced me to the game when I was much younger. I started playing at our local course with my Dad, who is a pretty good player himself, and was hooked immediately. Golf is one of those sports where you can never stop getting better, where no shot is perfect, and the challenge to try to become as good as you can be is what really made me love the game.
Outside of your school work and sport, what do you like to do in your free time?
I really enjoy playing with my dogs. My family has two Jack Russell Terriers named Winnie and Rigby. They’re very energetic dogs so they do a great job of keeping me busy when I’m at home.
If you were a box of cereal what flavor would you be and why?
Raisin Bran, just because its my favorite cereal.
If you could time travel to any moment in history what would it be and why?
I think that it would be very interesting to go back to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Just to see what the world was like back then and to see dinosaurs in person would be an incredibly unique experience.
If you won $1 million dollars what would you do with the money/what would you buy first?
If I won $1 million dollars I think that I would want to save most of it, but the first thing I would buy would be a nice car. Not something too exotic, but a nice car to use on a daily basis.
What are you looking forward to in your junior season and beyond?
This next year, I am looking to continue to improve my game. I want to specifically work on my wedges and lag putting. Currently, my ball striking is probably the strongest part of my game, so I’d like to get better in other aspects to help me score well when the ball striking isn’t there. As a team, we have the goal of winning the Ivy League title when the spring season rolls around. I think that we have the players to accomplish that goal, but the key will be to have everyone peaking at the same time.