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Harvard Maintains Hold on First Going into Final Round of Men's Golf Championship

Cornell's Luke Graboyes
Cornell's Luke Graboyes

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JACKSON, N.J. -- Harvard crafted another impressive 18 holes during the second round of the 2016 Ivy League Men's Golf Championship to move one step close to its first conference crown since 1975.

Harvard extended its lead by one stroke despite posting a score 14 strokes higher (306, +18) than its first-round score (292, +4). The Crimson once again showed consistency as a team as its scoring foursome all sit among the top 14 individuals. Harvard has not hoisted the Ivy trophy since the first League Championship was played 26 years ago at The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn.

It is Yale sitting second to Harvard's 598 after a four-stroke improvement on Saturday to stand at 608 (+32). Dartmouth and Cornell are tied for third at 610 (+34), followed by Princeton (620, +44) in fifth, Columbia (622, +46) in sixth, Penn (631, +55) in seventh and Brown (639, +63) in eighth.  

Cornell junior Luke Graboyes took over the individual lead with an even par 72 to move to just one stroke over par (145, +1) through 36 holes. The older Graboyes was -1 through nine holes and then again one shot below par through 14 after a birdie on the 525-yard, par five 14th. He recovered from a bogey on 15 and a double bogey on 16 with a birdie-birdie finish to post one of only two rounds at or below par on Saturday.

Princeton sophomore Eric Mitchell blazed Metedeconk's Tournament Course with the championship's only sub par round so far with a 70 (-2). He was even through 13, then holed out from the greenside bunker on the 14th for eagle and followed that up with a birdie on 15 to go to -3. Mitchell closed with a bogey on 18 to finish with the biggest move of the day -- 17 spots up the leaderboard to third at 148 (+4), just three strokes behind Graboyes and one stroke behind Harvard freshman Aurian Capart.

Yale junior Li Wang moved up 10 spots to a tie for fourth with Round 1 co-leader Ian Kelsey of Dartmouth at 149 (+5). Kelsey shared the first-round lead with Harvard sophomore Gregory Royston, who enters the final round tied for sixth with younger Graboyes, Big Red sophomore Mike Graboyes, at 150 (+6).

Sunday's final round of the 2016 championship gets underway at 7:45 a.m.

TEAM LEADERBOARD
1. Harvard 292-306--598 (+22)
2. Yale 306-302--608 (+32)
T3. Dartmouth 301-309--610 (+34)
T4. Cornell 305-305--610 (+34)
5. Princeton 309-311--620 (+44)
6. Columbia 313-309--622 (+46)
7. Penn 319-312--631 (+55)
8. Brown
326-313--639 (+63)

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD
T1. Luke Graboyes, Cornell 73-72--145 (+1)
2. Aurian Capart, Harvard 73-74--147 (+3)
3. Eric Mitchell, Princeton
78-70--148 (+4)
T4. Li Wang, Yale
77-72--149 (+5)
T4. Ian Kelsey, Dartmouth 72-77--149 (+5)
T6. Mike Graboyes, Cornell 76-74--150 (+6)
T6. Greg Royston, Harvard 72-78--150 (+6)
T8. Charles Cai, Dartmouth 77-74--151 (+7)
T8. John Lazor, Dartmouth 74-77--151 (+7)
T10. Jonathan Lai, Yale 76-76--152 (+8)
T10. Daniel De La Garza, Harvard 73-79--152 (+8)