OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The 2013 Ivy League Men's
Golf Championship visits the state of Maryland for the first time
ever this weekend as Caves Valley hosts all eight Ivy teams.
In fact, this is the first time the men's championship has left the state of New Jersey since 1999 when it was played at Bethpage.
With an NCAA automatic bid at stake, this weekend's event is sure to be a challenge for the Ancient Eight's golfers. Caves Valley has previously played host to both the Men's and Women's NCAA Division I Championships. It was also be the site of a new LPGA event in the summer of 2014.
Teams will be in Owings Mills on Thursday for a practice rounds. Friday's opening round will get underway at 8 a.m. with tee times off of Nos. 1 and 10 with starting position determined by random draw at Thursday evening's Players' Dinner. Saturday's second round begins at 12:30 p.m. with tee times off Nos. 1 and 10, followed by Sunday's final round off Nos. 1 and 10 beginning at 8 a.m.
Penn looks to defend its title after a wild event last year. The
Quakers rallied from 16 shots down on the final day to force a team
playoff -- the first in Ivy League history. Penn won it on the
third sudden-death playoff hole to edge Dartmouth for the
The Ivy League Championship has taken on an interesting twist lately. It has been since 2005 that a championship team also had the medalist. That was when Princeton won the team title and the Tigers' Creighton Page came away with the individual honors.
All eight squads were together two weeks ago in a bit of a sneak preview of how this weekend might shape up. The entire League took part at the Princeton Invitational at Springfield Golf Club -- right across the street from the Ivy League offices. Yale came out on top of the 14-team field with Princeton placing third, Columbia fourth and Penn fifth. It was the third-straight year that Yale won the event.
Through the ranking of April 18, Yale is the top rated Golfstat team, although it is real tight between the Bulldogs and the Tigers. Yale has an advantage in the League rankings, but when it comes to the national set, Princeton has a slight edge.
Statistically, Princeton has the lowest team average this season, averaging 295.15 through 13 rounds. Yale, which has the lowest team round in the League this year at 279, is next with a 296.20 average in its 15 rounds. Harvard is third.
There will be a new medalist this year as Dartmouth's Peter Williamson has graduated after winning individual honors three of the last four years.
Yale junior Sam Bernstein (New York) has the lowest scoring average in the League entering the weekend. Bernstein, who won the Adams Cup in Newport, R.I. to open the 2012-13 season, has a stroke average of 72.41 through 17 rounds this season. He finished third at the Ivy League Championship last year, including a final round 69. He is also the top-rated player in Golfstat's computer rankings and the only player in the League with a Top 200 national ranking (199).
Bernstein's teammate senior Brad Kushner (Mendham, N.J.) is ranked ninth in the Ivy League according to the computer ratings and has the eighth-best scoring average in the League (74.35).
Princeton's strength is in numbers. The Tigers, looking for their first Ivy League title since 2006, feature three of the best six scoring averages in the Ivy. Senior Bernie D'Amato (Weston, Conn.) and junior Greg Jarmas (Wynnewood, Pa.) are tied for the best on the team at 73.54 -- good for fourth in the Ivy League. Freshman Quinn Prchal (Glenview, Ill.) is sixth in the League at 74.00. The trio are also 3-4-5 in the Golfstat computer ratings (in the order of Prchal, Jarmas, D'Amato).
Penn junior Max Marsico (Las Vegas) has been the Quakers' best player for most of the season. Marsico is rated second in the League according to the Golfstat computers and has the second-best scoring average (73.00).
Columbia freshman Harrison Shih (Saddle River, N.J.) has the lowest round in the League this year. He carded a 65 back on September 16 in the final round of The McLaughlin on Bethpage's Red Course. Shih is seventh in the computer ratings and in scoring average (74.12) through 17 rounds this season.
Harvard is led by junior Theo Lederhausen (Hinsdale, Ill.). Lederhausen is the sixth-highest rated player in the Golfstat computer ratings and has the third-best scoring average this season at 73.36 through 14 rounds.
Dartmouth's trio of sophomore Charlie Edler (Fair Haven, N.J.), senior James Pleat (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman Charles Cai (West Windsor, N.J.) will look to lead the Big Green to an Ivy title for the first time since 1983. They are all in the top 15 in the Ivy in scoring average this season.
Junior Carl Schimenti (Ithaca, N.Y.) has been Cornell's best golfer for most of the season. Schimenti averaged 76.00 through his first 11 rounds. He carded a round of 69 earlier this season.
Brown freshman Jack Wilson (Fairmont, Calif.) comes in with his team's best scoring average. Wilson had a scoring average of 76.75 over his first 16 rounds.