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HILTON HEAD, S.C. — The Dartmouth men’s golf team kickoff of the spring season earlier than ever before, competing at the Wexford Plantation Invitational hosted by Francis Marion University. The Big Green, playing without their top two golfers, completed the first two rounds at 52-over par in 17th place.

The top three teams are separated but a single stroke with USC Aiken and Radford tied at the top at 588 (+12) and Gardner-Webb right behind at 13-over par.

On the individual leaderboard, there is a heated battle with four players shooting two-under on the day — Justin Connnelly of Mercer, Vincent Blanchette of Gardner-Webb, Alec Weary of High Point and Jack Lang of Davidson. The first three of the quartet carded a 71 (-1) in each round while Lang went 70-72. The lone golfer to break 70 in either round was Radford’s Nick Brediger on his second trip around the course. But he finds himself one stroke back with one round to go due to a two-over 74 on the initial 18.

Dartmouth’s top finisher on the day was senior Scott Jaster in a tie for 49th after shooting a 77 in each round to end up at 10-over par. He began the tournament on the 11th hole with a birdie, but it was his lone one of the round. On the second tour he found a little magic late with consecutive birdies on six and seven, giving him something positive to build on when Tuesday arrives.

Sophomore Reed Russ also teed off on the 10th in a different group from Jaster and managed to birdie one hole in each of his two rounds as he tied for 61st with a 79-78—157 (+13). Meanwhile, freshman Riley Griffin was paired up with senior Sean Fahey, with the former procuring the most birdies (4) for the Big Green. Inconsistency, however, left Griffin with a 14-over 158, good for a tie for 67th.

Senior Jeffrey Lang was undone by one hole during each of his rounds, shooting 81-78— 159 (+15) in a tie for 72nd, though he shot par on 13 of his second 18, including his third of three birdies. Fahey was one stroke behind in a tie for 76th, collecting a birdie in each round.

The third and final round will begin on Tuesday morning.