CAMDEN, S.C. — Dartmouth senior Ian Kelsey was one of the few individuals to score significantly under par, carding a four-under 66 in the opening round while finishing the first two rounds of the Camden Collegiate Invitational on Saturday tied for ninth with a one-under 139. His score led the Big Green to ninth place on the day in the 17-team field with host South Carolina enjoying an 11-stroke lead with an 11-under 549.
Kelsey’s sizzling first round included five birdies and placed him second on the leaderboard after 18 holes, two strokes behind James Madison’s Ignacio Montero. His second tour of the par-70 course produced a 73 (+3) but kept him among the top 10 and four strokes behind the leader, another James Madison golfer, Shota Ozaki.
Freshman Jason Liu had also had a consistently solid performance by carding a one-over 71 in both rounds. Like Kelsey, he got stuck with a bogey at the first hole but fought back with four birdies. His 142 (+2) left him just one spot shy of the top 20 on the day. Freshman James Turner continued his solid collegiate fall debut with a four-over 74 and three-over 73, tying for 42nd overall.
Senior Edric Wung and freshman Sam Ohno also contributed to the team with their efforts. Wung posted a 77 (+7) in both rounds and Ohno improved from a nine-over 79 to a five-over 75 in the second round, tying for 82nd with a 154.
Montero lost his lead in the second round to Ozaki who carded a 69-66—135 (-5), one stroke ahead of Montero and a pair of South Carolina golfers: Keenan Huskey and Caleb Proveaux.
The forecast shows that there will be another beautiful day at the 6,455-yard course taking place at the illustrious Camden Country Club. The tee time will be at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start for the third and final round.