HANOVER, N.H. — The 2017-18 golf season gets started for the Dartmouth men’s team this weekend with a trip to Ithaca, New York, for the Cornell Invitational. The Big Green, which finished sixth at last year’s Ivy League Championship, will get to gauge itself against five other Ancient Eight foes — Brown, Columbia, host Cornell, Penn and Yale — among the teams participating at the two-day event.
The Bill Johnson Head Coach of Men’s Golf, Rich Parker, is beginning his 13th year at the helm of the Dartmouth squad with a nice mix of veterans and rookies to fill out the roster, led by senior captain Ian Kelsey. A first-team All-Ivy performer two years ago by virtue of his runner-up finish at the Ivy League Championship, Kelsey recorded three top-15 finishes last year and has a stroke average of 73.8 over the last two seasons.
Another veteran returning to the fold is junior John Lazor who put up similar numbers to Kelsey last year with a pair of top-15 finishes and a stroke average of 73.95. Sophomores Will Bednarz and Riley Griffin each showed potential as a rookie, but will be looking to develop a bit more consistency from round to round and tournament to tournament with a year under their belts.
The crop of three recruits — Jason Liu, Sam Ohno and James Turner — will all get chances early to show what they can do on the course. Both Liu (Windsor, Connecticut) and Turner (Gloucester, Massachusetts) are New England natives, while Ohno comes to Hanover from Ponte Vedra Beach in the Sunshine State.
When play starts at Cornell on Saturday morning, Lazor (playing as an individual) will be the first Big Green golfer to tee off this season at 7:47 a.m. The five contributing to the team score will be Liu, Bednarz, Griffin, Turner and Kelsey. Each of the six will start on the 10th hole at the par-71, 6,904-yard Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell.