KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Dartmouth men’s golf team faced a field of giants today at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate with six of the 16 teams ranked among the top 50 in Division I, including eighth-ranked Wake Forrest and 24th-ranked South Carolina. Even though the Big Green put together a pair of solid rounds at 295-289—584 (+16), they finished the day in 13th place on the par-71, 7,099-yard course at The Club at Irish Creek.

At the top of the leaderboard at the end of the day was 44th-ranked Kennesaw State, which came in 11-under overall on the day with a 557. Not far behind are a pair of schools from the Sunshine State — 31st-ranked Florida State and 42nd-ranked North Florida — as both carded the lowest round of the day with an 11-under 273 on the second tour, leaving them two and three strokes behind the Owls, respectively.

For Dartmouth, junior Ian Kelsey saw his play improve dramatically in the second round, dropping seven strokes to turn in a scorecard of 76-69—145 (+3) and tie for 48th. Starting on hole 16, the junior had a tough first round before bouncing back with five birdies during his second 18. It was Kelsey’s third career round under 70 and his lowest score of the season.

Tied with Kelsey is freshman Will Bednarz, who led the Big Green in the opening round at even par and finished the day with seven birdies and 19 pars. Matching his second-round score was sophomore John Lazor who had three birdies in the first round and two more in a more consistent second round to score a 75-74—149 (+7), tying for 69th place.

The team was completed by seniors Sean Fahey who played well in the first round with a two-over 73 despite starting the day three over after just two holes. But he bounced back on his back nine, playing it at four-under par, before shooting a six-over 77 in the second round. Fellow senior Jeff Lang picked up his play between rounds to drop seven strokes and finish 79-72—151 (+9) with six birdies to his credit.

Atop the individual leaderboard, Florida State has a monopoly on first and second, as well as a share of third. Josh Lee currently leads the 93-player field after he tamed the course in the first round with five-under 66 and followed it up with a two-under 69. One stroke behind him is another Seminole in Bennett Baker who is competing as an individual, posting a 136 (-6). Cristobal Del Solar of FSU shared third with UNC Greensboro’s Josh Stockwell and James Madison’s Ryan Cole as the trio scored a 137 (-5).

Del Solar is one of 13 players to have scored an eagle in the two rounds of today, among them include Walker Briner from Appalachian State who scored a hole in one during the first round on the 242-yard par-three 18th hole.

The tournament resumes tomorrow morning with a shotgun start for the final round.