ELVERSON, Pa. — On the strength of senior Ian Kelsey’s two-over 72 on Saturday, the Dartmouth men’s golf team improved from the first round of the Ivy League Championship to today’s second round by 15 strokes with the third-lowest total with a 302 (+22). But the Big Green ended the day still in sixth place at 47-over par (619), just one stroke behind Brown while Yale and Harvard are tied for the lead 36-over (598).
With better weather came improved scores across the board for nearly every team, but only the co-leaders bested Dartmouth’s 302 on the 6,866-yard, par-70 Old Course at Stonewall on Saturday. Kelsey celebrated the warmer temperatures with his first birdie of the tournament on the par-5 third hole, then added another on the par-4 eighth. After finishing the front nine at even par, he was still even after 14 with another birdie on the par-5 11th. Bogeys on 15 and 18, dropped him back into a tie for 10th overall with a 151 (+11).
Sophomore Will Bednarz also put together a good round, making par on a dozen holes and picking up a birdie on the par-4 12th to end his day with a four-over 74, six strokes better than his first round to leave him tied for 18th at 14-over par (154).
Leading Dartmouth’s three freshmen was Sam Ohno who either made par or bogeyed every hole to finish up with a 78 (+8) and a 158 (+18) overall to tie him for 25th. James Turner recovered from an early triple bogey to birdie a pair of holes on the front nine before matching Ohno with a 78 today, maintaining his spot in 30th overall. Yesterday’s low scorer, Jason Liu, had a rough front nine before finding some consistency on the back to card an 81 (+11) on Saturday to keep him one stroke ahead of Turner in a tie for 28th.
Brown’s Kevin Li charged to the top of the leaderboard as the only golfer to beat par on the first two days of the tournament with a one-under 69, taking a two-stroke lead on Cornell’s Tianyi Cen with a 145 (+5). The first-round leader, Penn’s Mitchell Cornell, traded places with Li into a tie for 10th with Kelsey, six strokes off the pace.
The third and final round is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. with Dartmouth paired up with Brown at 9:40 a.m.