GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Dartmouth men's golf team started their three-day tournament at the Furman Intercollegiate with a sizzling 285 (-3) to finish the day in a tie for fifth with Wichita State on the par-72 course, six strokes behind Georgia Southern. Sophomore John Lazor leads the Big Green with a three-under 69 thanks to five birdies on the day, putting him in a tie for fifth behind Brett Barron of the leading Eagles who carded a nine-under 63.
Lazor began his day with a birdie on the first hole, and added another one on the sixth to reach the turn at two-under par. He dropped to three under with another birdie on 11, then dropped a stroke with his first bogey on 13. A birdie on 15 and a bogey on 16 kept him at two under before finishing the day on a high note with one more birdie.
Three of his teammates — junior Ian Kelsey, senior Sean Fahey and freshman Will Bednarz — ended the day tied for 27th at even par. Kelsey had the most variation in his play, matching Lazor with five birdies, but also suffering five bogeys in his round. Fahey produced 10 pars to go with four birdies and four bogeys, while Bednarz was the most consistent of the three with 13 pars and three birdies. Only a bogey to start the day and a double-bogey on the par-4 13th hole marred his day.
Rounding out the Big Green group was senior Jeff Lang, who was only a stroke behind the trio at one-over. Lang was two-under after six holes but went into the turn at even par. After suffering the same fate as Bednarz with a double-bogey on 13, he recovered with consecutive birdies on 15 and 16 before bogeying 18 to drop him back a stroke.
Also competing in the tournament as an individual is Big Green freshman Riley Griffin who enjoyed three birdies during a round that he finished with a five-over 77.
Clemson, ranked 17th nationally, ended the day a single stroke behind Georgia Southern with four of its five players ending the day under par and the other at even. Also ahead of the Big Green are Wofford (-7) and Western Carolina (-5), while Harvard is tied for seventh with 18th-ranked USC-Aiken at one-under par.
The other players ahead of Lazor are Jackson Bishop of Western Carolina (-6), and Wofford teammates Andrew Novak (-5) and Drake Cassidy (-4).
The invitational will continue tomorrow morning with the second round of action.