ELVERSON, Pa. — The Ivy League Men’s Golf Championship kicked off today with gusting winds wreaking havoc with play as Dartmouth finished the first round in sixth place with a 317 (+37), 17 strokes behind the leader, Yale. Freshman Jason Liu had the low round for the Big Green with an eight-over 78, tied for 19th overall and six strokes off the pace of Penn’s Mitchell Cornell as not a single player could make par on the Old Course at Stonewall, a par-70, 6,866-yard endeavor.
The day began well for Liu as he birdied the par-5, 511-yard first hole. But it would be just one of two birdies for the five Dartmouth golfers today, with one of the other two freshmen teeing up for the Green, Sam Ohno, providing the other on the par-4, 397-yard fourth.
Liu finished the front nine at two-over par, then sank par putts on the next three holes before stumbling on the final six to end his day with his 78. Ohno, meanwhile, was at six-over through the first nine, then made par on six consecutive holes only to suffer a triple-bogey on 16 and conclude his round with an 80 (+10), putting him in a tie for 24th.
Senior captain Ian Kelsey maintained a consistent round, making par or bogeying every hole in equal parts to enter the clubhouse at nine-over par, tied for 21st with a 79. Sophomore Will Bednarz had 10 pars in his round, matching Liu and one less than Ohno, and was five-over after 15 holes only to lose five strokes on the final three to match Ohno with an 80.
The final Big Green golfer, freshman James Turner, got off to a slow start with bogeys on each of the first six holes, but made par on seven of the final 12 to end the day tied for 30th with an 82 (+12).
Yale (300) enters the second day with a one-stroke lead over Penn and three ahead of the Cornell Big Red in third. The individual leader, Penn’s Cornell, heads into the second round with his 72 and a one-stroke lead over four other golfers — including two from Cornell.
Play resumes at 9 a.m. starting with Columbia and Princeton before Dartmouth tees off with Brown at 9:40 a.m.