JUPITER, Fla. — Senior Ian Kelsey laid claim to the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the first round of the Cornell Spring Invitational, carding a two-under 70 on Friday as Dartmouth enjoyed a 13-stroke lead over the host Big Red in the three-team field with a 296 (+8).
Kelsey was nearly flawless on this day, sinking birdies on the 170-yard, par-3 third hole, the 508-yard, par-4 ninth hole and the 429-yard, par-4 12th hole. His lone bogey came on the 17th hole, a long par-3 that measured at 240 yards and played as the most difficult hole on this day.
Three of the four lowest scores on the day came courtesy of Big Green golfers, though Cornell’s Mike Graboyes finished second at even par, two strokes behind Kelsey. Freshman Jason Liu led Dartmouth with four birdies, but also had three bogeys and a double on 17 to place third with a one-over 73. Sophomore Sam Ohno, playing as an individual, was a stroke behind Liu in fourth with a 74 (+2).
Temple also competed at the invitational, but struggled on the 7,301-yard, par-72 course with a team score of 326 (+38).
The second and final round is scheduled to be played Saturday afternoon.