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HANOVER, N.H. — After a three-month winter break, the Dartmouth men’s golf team will be traveling to Hilton Head, S.C., to compete in the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate on Feb. 27-28 against 16 other schools for their first tournament of the spring season. The Big Green will have their work cut out for them since their top two players, junior Ian Kelsey and sophomore John Lazor, will not be traveling with them as they are off campus pursing internships this winter. Therefore, the team will be looking to some of its senior members to step up and take on a leadership role.

Comprising the lineup this weekend will be seniors Sean Fahey, Scott Jaster, and Jeff Lang, sophomore Reed Russ and freshman Riley Griffin. In addition, Griffin’s classmate, Will Bednarz will be competing for the Big Green, but as an individual.

Rich Parker, the Bill Johnson Head Coach of Men’s Golf, does have high hopes for many of his players, however, as this winter has provided the perfect opportunity for growth with many of the golfers improving their putting through drills and competitions. With the team having the opportunity to work with strength and conditioning coaches two to three times a week, he expects his players better maintain their stamina throughout tournaments. Players like Jaster, Russ and particularly Fahey, who enjoyed his best fall with several rounds in the low 70s, will hopefully continue their momentum into the spring.

The winter months have provided the chance for the team to hone their putting while also working on the mental aspect of the game. With less time to prepare due to this being the earliest spring tournament in the program’s history, every edge the Big Green can gain will be critical to their success.

Ultimately, the opening tournament will serve as a learning experience and provide the team the opportunity to stretch their legs before returning for the rest of the spring slate, which begins on March 24 at another tournament in the state of South Carolina, the Furman Invitational. With the return of Kelsey, an All-Ivy League First Team performer last year, and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Lazor for the spring term, the Big Green have their sights set on a conference championship.