HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League announced the men’s golf postseason awards, as selected by the league’s coaches, and all-conference teams today with Dartmouth freshman Jason Liu being named the Rookie of the Year and senior Ian Kelsey earning a spot on the All-Ivy League First Team.
Liu, who hails from Windsor, Connecticut, supplied the second-lowest scoring average on the season for the Big Green at 74.3 with two top-10 finishes throughout the season. His first top-10 showing came last fall at Yale’s Macdonald Cup when he tied for ninth in a field of 81 golfers, which included a round of 68 (-2), while his other came a month ago at the Cornell Spring Invitational by tying for fourth overall. Twice Liu was Dartmouth’s low scorer at a tournament, and last week he tied for 13th at the Ivy League Championship with a final round of 67 (-3), the lowest by any golfer in any of the three rounds.
Kelsey, a native of Deerfield, Illinois, earned his spot on the All-Ivy League First Team for the second time in his career by virtue of tying for fifth at the Ivy League Championship at Stonewall in Pennsylvania last week. The team captain improved every round to finish just three strokes off the pace with a 12-over 222. During the season, Kelsey also won the Cornell Spring Invitational at 4-under par and tied for third at the Macdonald Cup, plus led the team in stroke average (74.2). Not once in his 25 rounds of golf did he shoot worse than a 79.
Kelsey is the first All-Ivy First Team performer for the Big Green since Peter Williamson ’12 earned the honor all four of his years, including three conference individual titles. Liu, meanwhile, is the third Rookie of the Year for Dartmouth since the award was first bestowed in 2009 (Williamson in 2009, John Lazor in 2016), more than any other Ancient Eight program.
Yale junior James Nicholas, who lost a playoff for medalist honors to a teammate at the league championship, was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, while Cornell’s Matt Baughan was named the Coach of the Year.
Dartmouth finished the 2018 Ivy League Championship in second place, despite starting the final round in sixth, thanks to shooting a 283, the team’s second-lowest score in relation to par all season (+3).