ELVERSON, Pa. — The Dartmouth men’s golf team began the day in sixth place at the Ivy League Championship held on the Old Course at Stonewall, but jumped four spots to finish as the runner-up after sinking 18 birdies — seven by freshman Jason Liu — to shoot a 283 (+3) on Sunday to finish up at 62-over par for the tournament.
Yale ran away with the title by 22 strokes, thanks to its tournament-low 282 in the final round while Bulldogs Eoin Leonard and James Nicholas shared medalist honors at 9-over par (219) on the par-70, 6,866-yard course. Leonard won a two-hole playoff to become the first individual winner for the Bulldogs in 15 years.
Liu had the lowest individual round of the tournament with his three-under 67 today, moving up 15 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 13th, just one stroke outside the top 10 with a 226 (+16). But it was senior Ian Kelsey who led Dartmouth overall, tying for fifth just three strokes off the pace with a 222 (+12) after firing a 1-over 71.
All five Big Green golfers posted their lowest round of the tournament on Sunday with freshman James Turner and Liu setting the pace as the first two on the course for Dartmouth. Turner was 2-under after five holes, while Liu birdied four of the first five holes and played the front nine at 5-under without a blemish on his card.
Sophomore Will Bednarz also birdied the first hole and made it to the turn at 1-over par, as did freshman Sam Ohno who had eight pars and a single bogey. Kelsey, meanwhile, sputtered on the second hole with a bogey, then scored consecutive birdies on four and five to play the front nine in 1-under par.
Liu dropped to 6-under par with a birdie on 12 and after a bogey birdied 14 as well. Even with bogeys on the next three holes, he still ended up with the best round on the weekend.
Kelsey had a hiccup on 10 with a double bogey, but immediately recovered with his third birdie of the day on 11. With pars on six of the final seven holes, he was able to post the sixth-best round of the day with a 71.
Both Ohno and Bednarz picked up a pair of birdies on the back nine with the former ending the day with a 2-over 72 and the latter a 73. Turner, meanwhile, added another birdie on 11 but fell back to a 4-under 74. For the tournament, Bednarz tied for 15th at 17-over par, one behind Liu, Ohno tied for 20th at 20-over and Turner tied for 27th at 24-over.
Dartmouth nipped Harvard, which began the day tied with Yale atop the leaderboard, by a single stroke to finish second as the Crimson lost 10 strokes as a team over the final three holes. Cornell was one shot behind Harvard at 64-over to finish fourth, while Penn was fifth at 66-over. Although Brown had two golfers make the All-Ivy League first team, the Bears placed sixth (+78) with Princeton (+81) and Columbia (+104) rounding out the championship.
Notes: This is the second time in the last three years Dartmouth finished second at the Ivy League Championship … Kelsey is the first Big Green golfer to make the All-Ivy First Team twice since Peter Williamson ’12 won three titles and finished on the first team all four years of his career.