NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Dartmouth freshman Jason Liu was one of just six golfers to shoot par or better in the first two rounds of the Macdonald Cup hosted by Yale University, finishing the day in a tie for fourth with a 72-68—140 (E). His performance lifted the Big Green into fourth place at 580 (+20) in the 14-team field, 16 strokes behind the host Bulldogs, but just three back of Harvard in third. Stirling University from the United Kingdom sits in second two strokes off the pace.
Two Stirling golfers ended the day tied atop the individual leaderboard at two-under par in Robert Foley and Jordan Sundborg. The only other golfer to finish under par on the 6,825-yard, par-70 Course at Yale for the two rounds was the Bulldogs’ Eoin Leonard.
The opening round began ominously for Liu as he was stuck with a double bogey on his first hole at the 10th. But he quickly recovered with a birdie on 11, and picked up two more along the way while enjoying a stretch of nine consecutive pars to finish the first 18 at two-over. On his second tour, he tamed the 10th with a birdie and added three more in his round to go with just two bogeys, fighting his way back to even par for the 36 holes.
Senior captain Ian Kelsey started off very well by reaching the turn at three-under with three birdies to his credit. The front nine proved more troublesome, ending his first round with a 74 (+4). Only a double bogey on 18 kept him from making par in his second round as he sank four more birdies to card a 72 and a 146 (+6) for the day, tying for 20th overall.
Another freshman, James Turner, began the tournament with eight straight pars before settling for a one-over 71 in the first round. He dropped back in the second round into a tie for 30th, one stroke behind Kelsey. Turner matched sophomore Will Bednarz with 24 pars over the two rounds, with the latter adding two birdies to his day to tie for 44th with a 74-75—149 (+9). Freshman Sam Ohno rebounded from a shaky first round to contribute a four-over 74 over the second 18 with a trio of birdies.
Junior John Lazor also competed for the Big Green as an individual and had a bit of a wild ride with five birdies, six pars and six bogeys in his first tour around the course for a 73 (+3). His second 18 proved a bit more troublesome as he fell 45 spots into a tie for 70th.
The Macdonald Cup will conclude on Sunday morning with the playing of the third and final round.