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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2015 Ivy League Men’s Golf Championship is two weeks away, and the Ancient Eight is finishing up its regular season slate.
All eight teams have finished at least one tournament this spring, with plenty of success and great performances against some of the top programs in the country, including five of the eight squads competed at the Met Intercollegiate last weekend.
Brown finished eighth overall at the Met, which was the Bears first competition of the Spring. Senior captain Justin Miller paced Brown with a 16th-overall finish and junior Jack Wilson placed 29th.
Cornell took fifth at the Met, led by sophomore Luke Graboyes, who tied for fourth at the event. Graboyes fourth-place finish is the best by a Big Red golfer in a tournament this season. Luke’s brother, freshman Mike Graboyes, took 13th in the 36-hole event.
Harvard took the best finish of the five Ivy schools, finishing third behind Temple and Army. Sophomore Kendrick Vinar finished second overall, three strokes behind Brandon Matthews from Temple, while classmate Robert Deng tied for fourth. The Crimson also posted a top-five finish at the Seahawks Intercollegiate the last weekend in March.
In its third tournament of the Spring, Penn finished sixth at the Met. Senior Ben Cooley led the way for the Quakers, taking eighth overall. Pen also took a top-10 finish at the Mission Inn Spectacular, placing eighth.
Yale had the most top-15 finishers of the entire tournament, with five Bulldogs placing tied for 13th or better. Freshman Henry Cassriel had the round-one low score of 71, and finished third overall. Sophomore Li Wang tied for fourth, with classmate James Park and senior Thomas Greenhalgh tied for 11th and senior Will Davenport tied for 13th.
Columbia has played in two tournaments this spring, including an eighth-place finish at the Seahawks Invitational. Senior Brandon Jowers took a top-10 finish, placing tied for 9th overall. Sophomore Arjuna Anday also had a solid performance, finishing tied for 14th.
Dartmouth started its Spring slate with a strong showing at the 2015 Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley Collegiate Invitational. The Big Green ended day one atop the leader board, and ended in eighth. Sophomore Sean Fahey was the top performer for Dartmouth, finishing tied for 25th.
Princeton has competed twice this Spring, most recently finishing 13th at the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational. Sophomore Quinn Prchal led the Tigers, tying for 38th.
Brown, Conrell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton and Yale will take part in the Princeton Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, while Columbia takes part in the Liberty Invitational Friday and Saturday. Harvard will swing back into action April 18 at the Yale Spring Opener.