JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Both junior Catharine Roddy and senior Jessica Kittelberger wrapped up a chilly, blustery first day of play at the Ivy League Women’s Golf Championship among the top 10, helping Dartmouth finish the opening round in fourth place with a 317 (+29) at Metedeconk National Golf Club. Brown (307, +19) opened up a six-stroke lead on Harvard (313) with Princeton in third (314) and the Big Green just 10 strokes off the pace.
Many of the competitors on each team found the front nine of the 6,050-yard, par-72 course to be a bit of an adventure as temperatures sat around 40 degrees with 15 mile-an-hour winds at tee off, not to mention some nerves coming into play. Kittelberger posted a pair of double-bogeys on the first three holes before settling into a groove, while Roddy played the front nine at five-over par, as did teammates Maddie Nelson and Moon Cheong, the latter of whom mixed in birdies on consecutive holes between a pair of double bogeys.
But after the turn, all five of the Big Green golfers improved their scores. While Kittelberger was the only Dartmouth player to make par or better on at least five of the first nine holes (five pars and a birdie on 6), everyone did on the back nine. Roddy led the way with seven pars, a bogey on 12 and a birdie on 14 to wrap up the back at even par and the entire round with a five-over 77, tying her fourth on the leaderboard.
Kittelberger also had seven pars with a pair of bogeys over the final nine to end the day one stroke behind Roddy with a 78 (+6) to tie for eighth with three others.
Nelson was consistent throughout he round with nine pars and nine bogeys, tying for 20th with an 81 (+9), as did Cheong who rattled home seven pars on the back but suffered one bad hole to keep her from climbing higher in the standings. Rounding out the Big Green five was senior Isabelle Kane with an 11-over 83.
“This isn’t the weather you’d like to see at a spring championship,” said Alex Kirk, the Carolyn A. Pelzel 1954a Head Coach of Women’s Golf said following the round, “but I was very pleased with how our players fought through the less-than-ideal conditions.”
As a team, Dartmouth had its greatest success on the par-3 holes at a cumulative four-over, best in the field, with Kittelberger and Cheong both shooting one-under on those four holes to tie for the lead with two others. The Big Green also sank 48 pars overall, second only to Harvard, which had 49.
The second round will begin on Saturday morning at 8:30, while Dartmouth will tee off starting at 9:15, paired up with Yale.