HILTON HEAD, S.C. — While 15 of the 18 teams at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate posted their worst round on the final day of competition due to windier conditions, the Dartmouth men’s golf team managed the environment with a score in the middle of the pack to move up two spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 14th with Davidson. Freshman James Turner led the Big Green with a three-over 75 — the 15th-best score in the third and final round — to finish the tournament in a tie for 22nd with a six-over 222.
Only three golfers broke par today, led by TCU’s Stefano Mazzoli with the tournament’s best round overall at seven-under par (65) thanks to six birdies and an eagle. That boosted him to the top of the leaderboard to win medalist honors, two strokes ahead of Georgia’s Davis Thompson.
Starting on the 16th hole of the par-72, 6,913-yard Palmer Course, Turner made par on the first two holes before sinking his lone birdie of the morning. He played consistent golf with 11 more pars to go with four bogeys to finish with his 75.
Junior John Lazor put yesterday’s long day behind him, and regrouped to provide the Big Green with a solid round, even after suffering a double bogey on his first hole at 18. From there, Lazor birdied four holes and parred six others before leaving the course with a five-over 77 to his credit.
After recording 27 pars in the first two rounds on Monday, fourth-most in the 89-player field, senior Ian Kelsey continued his assault on par with a dozen more today. A lone birdie on nine helped him card a 78 (+6) and finish the tournament tied for 61st overall at 17-over par.
Freshman Jason Liu began the day as the Big Green’s leader in a tie for 21st at two-over par. But even with three birdies today, the rookie found a bit more trouble throughout his round and settled for an eight-over 80 on the day and a 10-over 226 to tie for 37th. Sophomore Riley Griffin battled the wind the entire round and wrapped up the tournament with a 245 (+29).
Thanks to Mazzoli’s superb round today, TCU was able to leapfrog Georgia in the standings, starting the day a stroke back and ending it one stroke ahead, winning the tournament with an 11-under 853. Aside from the Horned Frogs and Bulldogs, only Furman was able to shoot under 300 as a team today with a 298, finishing up in third at 13-over par.
Dartmouth will play again late next month when travels to Greenville, South Carolina, for the Furman Invitational on March 23-25.