Men’s golf places third, women sixth at weekend tournaments
The men’s and women’s golf teams finished third and sixth in their respective tournaments last weekend. The men’s golf team rode a strong performance by Jeffrey Lang ’17 — 13 birdies and a -7 weekend — to a third place finish at the Princeton Invitational, while the Big Green women finished sixth out of 12 teams at the Brown Invitational. Both teams have just two tournaments left in the season, one this weekend and the Ivy League Championship at the end of the month.

The men’s +2 score was good enough for a comfortable third. Harvard University and Yale University distanced themselves from the field, shooting -20 and -17, respectively. Columbia University finished fourth with a +12 total. The Big Green hung within six shots of the Bulldogs through the first two rounds, but Yale’s -11 third round pulled it away. Men’s head coach Rich Parker noted strong performances by Lang, Charles Cai ’16 and Dylan Rusk ’16. In the final round of the Princeton Invitational, Lang carded the second best round of the day with four birdies and 14 par for a four-under 67. Charlie Edler ’15 also had a strong weekend — -3 going into the final day — but shot a frustrating 78 (+7) in the final round to fall and tie for 21st. Rusk finished at +1, tying for 14th, showing the strength of some of the squad’s new golfers. Cai finished out the scoring, shooting +18 for a t-67 performance in his first action of the spring season. Cai came back from an opening round 82 to shoot a 73 the final day to move up the leader board. The team played well, even though the Dartmouth course has not been open for practice yet this season, Parker said. As the Ivy Championship approaches, he will select the top five golfers who he expects will perform best at the venue. “This is a championship venue,” he said. “You have to hit the ball out there and manage your nerves.” The women made it to the middle of the field in their event at Brown, thanks to a t-4 performance by Jane Lee ’15. The junior shot the third best score the second day, carding a 78. The team faced high winds, making the tournament particularly challenging, Sarah Knapp ’14 said. Knapp was second for the Big Green and tied for 15th overall with a 164 total on the par 71 course. Tara Simmons ’17 backed up Lee and Knapp as the Big Green’s third strongest golfer, tying 37th. Lily Morrison ’16 and co-captain Kathryn Kennedy ’14 rounded out the scoring for the Big Green women. The Dartmouth women finished third out of three Ancient Eight teams competing in the tournament. The Crimson, a favorite to win the Ivy Championship, won the tournament by 20 strokes over Boston University. Brown University finished fourth, 18 shots clear of the Big Green. In its last tournament, the Dartmouth women finished 15 strokes ahead of the Bears. The men head to the Yale Invitational next weekend while the women play at the University of Hartford in a one-day tournament.
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