JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Junior Catharine Roddy sank five birdies during the second round of the Ivy League Women’s Golf Championship on Saturday, carding a 73 (+1) to move up into a tie for third just two strokes behind the leader from Harvard, Michelle Xie, who is four-over par for the tournament. But it is Brown that tops the team leaderboard with a 614 (+38), three strokes ahead of Harvard and Princeton and just nine in front of the Big Green with the third and final round to be played tomorrow.
Weather conditions were a bit more favorable at the par-72, 6,050-yard Metedeconk National Golf Course on Saturday as the temperature warmed up a bit and the winds down a little, though they still swirled at times. Frost on the course in the morning delayed the start of the second round by an hour and a half, but it was worth the wait for Roddy as she birdied three of the first six holes, leaving her atop the leaderboard at the time.
A bogey on nine left Roddy one-under at the turn, but two more birdies on 10 and 13, along with a bogey on 12, had her at two-under again with five holes to play. But she found trouble on 14 and suffered a triple-bogey, dropping her down the board a bit before recovering and making par the rest of the way.
Senior Jessica Kittelberger and sophomore Maddie Nelson had practically identical rounds with 12 pars, five bogeys and a birdie each to finish with a 76 (+4). Kittelberger played the front nine in two-over, sank her birdie on the par-4 11th hole, then unfortunately had bogeys on 12, 17 and 18, though she remained among the top 10 overall with a 154 (+10). Nelson, meanwhile grabbed her birdie on the par-4 fourth hole with a bogey right before and three in a row after it. But she settled in after that stretch, making par on 10 of the final 11 holes with the only blemish a bogey on 15, ending the day in a tie for 17th at 13-over.
Senior Isabelle was working on a solid day at six-over par going into the final hole, but a triple-bogey left her with an 81 (+9) and in 27th place with a 162 (+20). Freshman Moon Cheong rounded out the Big Green golfers with a 13-over 85 and will enter the final round in 31st at 22-over.
“Overall it was a really good day,” said Alex Kirk, the Carolyn A. Pelzel 1954a Head Coach of Women’s Golf. “The greens were firm and fast from the frost. Cat was terrific, Jessica and Maddie were both steady in their play, and Isabelle was solid, too. Generally, the big numbers came from shots into the sand that plugged and buried, making it difficult to get out clean. But I’m really proud of our progress, and we are definitely within striking distance. This team has shown all year that they will play until the end and never quit.”
Even though Dartmouth dropped 11 strokes from the first round to the second and posted the fourth-best score of the day, the Big Green fell back one spot in the team standings to fifth. Columbia had a huge turnaround with the low round of the day, a 298 (+10), eight strokes better than Dartmouth to move ahead of the Green into fourth by five strokes.
Xie took the lead today with a one-under 71, the lone round under par in either of the first two rounds, while the first-round leader, Brittany Park of Brown, trails by a stroke with Roddy and Yale’s Jennifer Peng one behind her.
The final round is scheduled to tee off 8:30 a.m. on Sunday with Dartmouth paired up with Columbia and set to take to the course at 9:15 a.m.