QUECHEE, Vt. — The Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge came to a close with the second and final round of play on Sunday with the host Dartmouth men’s golf team finishing up in eighth place with a 23-over 599, one stroke behind Rhode Island. Senior captain Ian Kelsey and freshman Sam Ohno paced the Big Green as each carded a 74 (+2) on the 6,840-yard, par-72 Highland Course at Quechee Club.
Drexel, which began the day in sixth, nine strokes off the pace and just two ahead of Dartmouth, rode the blistering performances of Aaron Fricke and Angelo Giantsopoulos, both of whom shot a tournament-low 67 (-5) as the Dragons completed the round at 12-under. It was just enough to fend off Princeton’s six-under 282 in the final round, which left the Tigers just one stroke behind Drexel’s 570 (-6).
Fricke and Evan Quinn of Princeton tied atop the leaderboard with the former winning a playoff with a birdie on the ninth hole to take medalist honors with a 75-67—142 (-2).
Kelsey and freshman James Turner, Dartmouth’s leader after the first round of play, tied for 15th overall at three-over par (147). Kelsey had a solid 18 holes and was sitting at one-under through 14, only to take a bogey and a double on 15 and 16 to end the day with a 74 (+2). Ohno matched that score with an even more consistent round featuring 13 pars and a pair of birdies as he tied for 31st for the tournament.
Dartmouth’s best score of the day was turned in by freshman Jason Liu, but his score did not contribute to the team portion as he was participating as an individual. Liu birdied two of the final four holes to end his day with a one-over 73, placing 23rd overall. Another individual, junior John Lazor, matched Kelsey and Ohno with a 74 on the strength of sinking four birdies by the turn and adding a fifth on his final hole.
Next up for the Big Green is the Macdonald Cup, hosted by Yale, next Saturday and Sunday.