Golf teams see success in final tuneups
In its final regular season rounds this past weekend, the women’s golf team faced off against Hartford University in a dual match and defeated the Hawks by three strokes, 323-326. The men traveled to Connecticut as well for Yale University’s spring invitational, where the team finished fourth of 11 schools.

In the women’s head-to-head competition, Sarah Knapp ’14 and Jane Lee ’15 continued to lead the charge, carding a 79 and an 80, respectively. Knapp, who finished +7, and Hartford freshman Shannon Clark were the only golfers to break 80. The next best golfers from the Big Green women were Savannah Grice ’15 and Tara Simmons ’17 — both shot an 82 (+10), good enough to tie for fifth. “I really like the dual match format — we played two matches over spring break that were match play,” Knapp said. “There’s a much different vibe because you’re competing against the team rather than competing against the course. Whether or not that will help us going into Ivies, I’m not sure, but the fact that we were able to compete this past weekend is going to be helpful.” Seven of eight scoring golfers between the two teams were within three strokes. Both teams sent seven women onto the links on Sunday, but only the top four rounds counted toward the team score. Kathryn Kennedy ’14, Evan Sterneck ’14 and Lily Morrison ’16 returned to the clubhouse with scores of 85, 86 and 92, respectively. The match, women’s head coach Alex Kirk said, was a great way to end the season. He noted that the team’s performance was particularly impressive since it had never seen the course. Both teams entered the match looking to prepare for their respective conference championships this weekend. The Hawks are set to travel to Florida for the MAAC Championship, while Dartmouth has been ramping up for the Ivy League Championship, where they hope to improve upon last year’s disappointing last place result. Knapp, Lee, Grice, Simmons and Kennedy will comprise the women’s team for the Ivy League Championship. “I definitely think we have the skill to play really well at Ivies,” Knapp said. “Out of any year I’ve been on the team, I think that this is our year to compete.” While the men’s team nabbed a fourth-place result in New Haven, it entered the clubhouse as the third Ancient Eight team, 37 shots behind winners Harvard University and 24 back of second-place Yale. Jeffrey Lang ’17 was the low man on the team for the second straight weekend. After the two rounds of 74 and 76, Lang carded a 150 (+10), earning him a share of 17th place, 11 shots behind the leader. Hot on his heels, Sean Fahey ’17 started off the competition on fire, hitting one-over 71 in the first round, two strokes off the leader. However, Fahey faded on day two, carding a +10 80 to fall to a tie for 21st, just one stroke behind Lang. Dylan Rusk ’16 and Charlie Edler ’15 were close behind, tying for 28th and 30th, respectively. Charles Cai ’16 said the second-day scores were higher because the team was tired. The team used the tournament to help determine the contingent that will travel to the New Jersey for next weekend’s Ivy League Championship, he said. Both teams could play in relatively good conditions for the first time this season. In general, playing in the spring means preparing for cold and wind, Kirk said, and this weather was a welcome change. “We’re ready for springtime where you’re just playing normal golf and look forward to seeing how we’ll do that,” he said. Both teams head to historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., for the Ivy League Championships. The Big Green men will play on the Lower Course, which has hosted the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, most recently in 2005. The women tee off on the Upper Course, which has hosted the 1936 U.S. Open and the 1985 U.S. Women’s Open. “Personally, I’m super excited,” Knapp said. “I love playing new courses, I love playing challenging courses and I love playing courses with history.”
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