GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Dartmouth men’s golf team wrapped up the three-day Furman Invitational by climbing two spots on the board into a tie for 13th, matching Winthrop with a 38-over 902. Freshman James Turner was the Big Green’s top player, and most consistent, carding an eight-over 224 to tie for 48th in the 119-player field.
North Florida led the tournament wire-to-wire, entering the final day with a 10-stroke lead and built it to 18 with a four-under 284 on Sunday. West Virginia was the runner-up, shooting four-over par today, while Virginia Tech was the only other team to beat par in the final round with a 287 (-1), climbing two spots into third at three-over par, two strokes behind the Mountaineers.
While Turner was the highest finisher for Dartmouth, it was freshman Jason Liu who had the best day, shooting a 72 (E). He birdied the 11th hole to start the day in the shotgun start, then finished with a flourish with four more over the final eight holes to tie for 54th with a nine-over 225.
Turner, meanwhile, made par on 14 times in the round, adding a solitary birdie on the par-4 third hole. Throughout all three rounds, he had seven birdies and never had worse than a bogey.
With Turner and Liu separated by a single stroke, so were Liu and senior Ian Kelsey, who tied for 58th at 10-over par. Kelsey began the round with a birdie on 10, then dropped two more to finish up with a 76 (+4).
Dartmouth’s leader through two rounds, sophomore Will Bednarz, struggled to an eight-over 80 on Sunday, completing the three rounds at 12-over par in a tie for 63rd. But he still managed to post the most birdies (10) for the Big Green.
Phillip Knowles took home medalist honors for North Florida, breaking par in every round, including his two-under 70 today, to shoot nine-under (207) for the tournament. He beat out his teammate, Andrew Alligood, by three strokes as Alligood had the low score on the day with a 68 (-4), matched by another Osprey in Jack Comstock, who was playing as an individual.
Dartmouth returns to the links next weekend at the Cornell Spring Event on March 30-31 in Jupiter, Florida.