SARASOTA, Fla. — Senior Jessica Kittelberger put on a show in the final round of the Harvard Invitational on the Heron Course of The Oaks Club on Sunday, draining four birdies in carding a 1-under 71, gaining 12 spots in the final standings to tie for 19th. Her play allowed Dartmouth to post its lowest score of the three rounds with a 313 (+25), completing the tournament in ninth place with a 954 (+90).
Starting on the 11th hole, Kittelberger began her day by making par before collecting her first birdie of the day on 12. After four more pars, she waded through some rare trouble on 17 with a double and took a bogey on the first hole to finish her opening nine at two-over par. But the senior was on target the rest of the way, sinking birdies on the par-4 second, par-5 seventh and par-3 eighth to get to 1-under par with two holes to play. The ninth hole was the toughest of the course, but Kittelberger sank a par putt, then did so again on the 10th to finish off her round, the fourth-lowest by any golfer on the day.
The rest of the team had their moments, with sophomore Kristen Soh draining a pair of birdies on the front nine of the course. She was 1-over par with five holes to play, but ultimately settled for a 7-over 79 and finished the tournament tied for 38th at 25-over. Freshman Moon Cheong made par on every hole on the back nine of the 6,138-yard, par-72 course, but trouble on the tough ninth hole left her with an 8-over 80 on the day and 28-over for the tournament, tying her for 44th. The other golfer to score for Dartmouth on Sunday was senior Isabelle Kane with an 83 (+11) as she wrapped her three rounds tied for 40th at 26-over.
Junior Catharine Roddy also competed for the Big Green, providing the only other biride today while carding a 12-over 84 to finish tied for 47th, two strokes behind her teammate Cheong.
Seher Atwal of Rollins College entered the final round as the co-leader and took home medalist honors thanks to her 2-under 70 today, leaving her a stroke ahead of Delaware’s Araine Klotz with a 218 (+20).
Host Harvard won the team title after beginning the day tied with Princeton atop the leaderboard. The Crimson combined for a 292 (+4) on Sunday to finish up with a 902 (+38) while the Tigers fell eight strokes off the pace, falling back into fourth behind Delaware (three strokes back) and Rollins (five strokes).
Dartmouth has one last tune-up before the Ivy League Championship at the Hartford Invitational next weekend at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield, Connecticut.