NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Senior Julia Calbi and freshman Maddie Nelson each shot a career-low 70 (-1) to help lead the Dartmouth women’s golf team to the top of the leaderboard at the Yale Women’s Intercollegiate on Friday. The Big Green started their three-day tour today in New Haven where they scored a school-record 290 (+6) on the par-71 course, finishing ahead of the 14 other teams that completed the 18 holes before play was suspended due to darkness.
Calbi and Nelson ended the day in a tie for fifth following their strong rounds. They arrived there in slightly different fashion, however, as Calbi never fell below par all day with three birdies to her credit. Nelson, on the other hand had a bit of a rough start by bogeying the first two holes before rallying for four birdies and just one other bogey.
Junior Isabelle Kane began the day strong, shooting even par over the front nine, but settled for a three-over 74 to finish in a tie for 23rd. The front nine was a bit more difficult for sophomore Hana Bradshaw, who was four-over par at the turn. She recovered over the final nine holes with a birdie and a pair of bogeys to finish the day in a tie for 37th with a 76 (+5). Senior Jamie Susanin completed the Big Green group with a seven-over 78.
The Big Green teed off against 18 other competitors, including the University of Stirling from the United Kingdom. Although most of the teams finished their first round, four teams — Yale, Harvard, Tulsa and Stirling — were still on the course when play was halted. Of the teams that completed the opening round, Columbia and South Florida tied for second, two strokes off the Dartmouth pace. Princeton fell one stroke short of the pair finishing the day in fourth.
On the individual leaderboard, Cincinnati’s Tara Liebert and Harvard’s Anna Zhou both tied for first with a three-under 68. Zhou moved to first after she scored an eagle on her fourth hole, while slow and steady worked for Liebert who tied Zhou thanks to six birdies. Their closest competitors are Towson’s Alexis Hios and the USF Bulls’ Maria Rodriguez, just one stroke back.Play resumes tomorrow at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.