KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Both senior Ian Kelsey and freshman Jason Liu shot even par for the Dartmouth men’s golf team in the third and final round of the Irish Creek Intercollegiate on Sunday as the latter moved into the top 20 for the tournament. The Big Green finished the strong 15-team field at 60-over par to place 14th, six strokes ahead of Dayton and four behind host Davidson College.
Clemson, ranked 15th nationally, took home the team title, though 29th-ranked North Florida nearly caught the Tigers by the toe, making up 13 strokes on the day but ultimately falling two shots behind Clemson’s 859 (+7). Fourth-ranked Georgia Tech was eight strokes off the pace, and 35th-ranked Kansas took fourth at 22-over.
Neither Kelsey nor Liu started the day they would have liked, bogeying their first hole during the shotgun start, Kelsey on 15 and Liu on 13. Though Liu quickly recovered with a birdie on 15, he was back at 1-over par with a bogey on the very next hole. Kelsey, meanwhile, had a bogey on his fifth hole of the day as well to fall to 2-over, but would not suffer another setback the rest of the day, dropping birdies on 5 and 7 – both par-4s — while making par on the other 11 holes, including the final seven.
Liu had nine consecutive pars before a birdie fell on the par-3 eighth hole to get back to even. A bogey on 10 threatened to keep him over par on the day, but he found the bottom of the cup with his final birdie putt on 12 to shoot his even-par 71.
Liu got better with each round, starting the tournament with a 75 before shaving two strokes on his second 18 with a 73, then doing so again today, completing the three rounds at 6-over par to tie for 20th overall. Kelsey ended up with a 226 (+13) to tie for 51st out of 87, while Dartmouth’s other two scorers today — freshman Sam Ohno and James Turner — were both 9-over in the final round to finish tied for 69th and 79th, respectively. Will Bednarz rounded out the competing Big Green golfers, tying for 85th.
Clemson’s Turk Pettit claimed medalist honors, winning the tournament by three strokes with a 4-under 209. Indiana’s Jake Brown was the only other golfer to break par at 1-under, while Daniel Sutton of Kansas came in at even par to take third.
Dartmouth will wrap up its spring season in two weeks when it plays in the Ivy League Championship at Stonewall in Elverson, Pennsylvania on April 20-22.