QUECHEE, Vt. — Freshman James Turner fired a one-under 71 in the first round of the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge on Saturday, helping host Dartmouth finish the day in seventh place with a 296 (+8). Cornell and Harvard lead the 14-team field at three-under par (285), while Princeton sits third at one over (289).
Three players will enter the second and final round tomorrow tied atop the leaderboard at 70 (-2): Greg Royston and Ryan Rhee of Harvard, along with Joseph Tucker of Central Connecticut State. There is even a bigger logjam for fourth place, including Turner, at one-under par with no less than 10 players carding that score on the 6,840-yard, par-72 Highland Course at the Quechee Club.
Turner began the day well by making par on the first four holes, but would only do so three more times. First he ripped off three straight birdies, bogeyed the eighth hole and wrapped up the front nine with another birdie. But his back nine consisted of four bogeys, three pars and a pair of birdies to conclude the ride at 71. Only CCSU’s Tucker had more birdies (7) than Turner’s six on the day.
The other Big Green golfer among the top 20 was senior captain Ian Kelsey, tied for 17th with a one-over 73. A bogey on the first hole seemed like a bad omen, but he was quite consistent with 13 pars — a total surpassed by just three others on the course — two birdies and only two more bogeys on his ledger.
Freshman Sam Ohno looked sharp on the front nine, making the turn at one-under, only to finish up with a 76 (+4), tying sophomore Will Bednarz for 36th overall. Sophomore Riley Griffin also teed up for the Big Green team, shooting a six-over 78 to tie for 59th.
The Dartmouth highlight of the day, however, came from junior Reed Russ, who was one of four Big Green golfers competing as an individual. On the 500-yard, par-5 fifth hole, Russ produced one of three eagles on the day. The other two were supplied by Cornell’s Mike May and Bucknell’s Peter Bradbeer on the 516-yard, par-5 14th hole.
The second and final round will tee off on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.