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Harvard Wins First Men's Golf Championship Since 1975

Harvard Wins First Men's Golf Championship Since 1975

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JACKSON, N.J. -- Mission complete.

Harvard held off pesky performances from Dartmouth, Yale and Cornell to capture its first Ivy League men's golf title since 1975. The Crimson put together another consistent outing with a score of 907 (+43) to hoist the trophy at the 2016 Ivy League Men's Golf Championship at Metedeconk National Golf Club.

Harvard's final tally ended up just four stroke better than Dartmouth (911, +47), which tied with Cornell for the lowest final round score (301). The Big Green finished second at the Ivy Championship for the first time since 2012. Yale finshed third (919, +55), followed by Cornell (920, +56) in fourth, Columbia (923, +59) in fifth, Princeton (925, +61) in sixth, Penn (947, +83) in seventh and Brown (955, +91) in eighth.

The Crimson's top four scorers once again finished among the individual leaders, paced by freshman Aurian Capart's 224 (+8) earning him a tie for fourth place and first-team All-Ivy honors. Sophomore Gregory Royston placed seventh (226, +10) and junior Daniel De La Garza (230, +14) was among a quartet that tied for 10th, both grabbing second-team All-Ivy honors.

Cornell junior Luke Graboyes took home individual medalist honors as he held on to his 36-hole lead with despite shooting a four over 76 on Sunday. The older Graboyes was brillant all weekend, close his third round with four pars over the past five holes to hold off Dartmouth sophomore and Round 1 co-leader Ian Kelsey by one stroke. 

Graboyes is the first Big Red golfer to take top medalist honors at the Ivy championship since Jim Bird did so at the 1986 championship played at The Course at Yale.

Columbia junior Mert Selamet and Yale sophomore Will Bernstein provided the drama through the final round as both made big charges up the leaderboard to earn first-team All-Ivy recognition.

Selamet was -1 through the front nine and quickly moved to -3 with an eagle on the 389-yard par four 10th. After a bogey on the 11th, he shot par over the next four holes before closing with a double bogey-birdie finish to cap his day at -1.

Bernstein had an even more impressive day as he posted a bogey-free round through 14 holes with five birdies to pull even with Grayboyes atop the leaderboard. But the comeback fell just short as posted three bogeys over the final four holes to finish second. 

TEAM LEADERBOARD
1. Harvard 292-306-309--907 (+43)
2. Dartmouth 301-309-301--911 (+47)
3. Yale 306-302-311--919 (+55)
4. Cornell 305-305-310--920 (+56)
5. Columbia 313-309-301--923 (+59)
6. Princeton
309-311-305--925 (+61)
7. Penn 319-312-316--947 (+83)
8. Brown
326-313-316--955 (+91)

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD
1. Luke Graboyes, Cornell 73-72-76--221 (+5)^
2. Ian Kelsey, Dartmouth 72-77-73--222 (+6)^
3. Will Bernstein, Yale 78-75-70--223 (+7)^
T4. Mert Selamet, Columbia 76-77-71--224 (+8)^
T4. Aurian Capart, Harvard 73-74-77--224 (+8)^
6. Eric Mitchell, Princeton
78-70-77--225 (+9)#
7. Greg Royston, Harvard 72-78-76--226 (+10)#
8. Mike Graboyes, Cornell 76-74-77--227 (+11)#
9. Charles Cai, Dartmouth 77-74-78--229 (+13)#
T10. Kevin Li, Brown
79-77-74--230 (+14)#
T10. Christopher Chu, Columbia 84-74-72--230 (+14)#
T10. Daniel De La Garza, Harvard 73-79-78--230 (+14)#
T10. Jonathan Lai, Yale 76-76-78--230 (+14)#

^First Team All-Ivy
#Second Team All-Ivy