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Ancient Eight Conclude Regular-Season Play

Ancient Eight Conclude Regular-Season Play

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivies combined for three team titles and two individual medalist honors during the 2016-17 men's golf regular season. The Ancient Eight programs will face off at the 2017 Ivy League Men's Golf Championship on April 21-23 at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn., to determine the Ivy League champion.

Brown opened its spring campaign on Feb. 20 at the Invitational at Savannah Harbor, shooting 926 over the 54-hole event to place 13th. Sophomore Sasha Lobel carded a +6 (78-73-71—222) to earn a 29th-place finish. On March 29, the Bears took on No. 24-ranked Arizona State in match play, falling 8-0-1. Brown also competed in the Princeton Invitational on April 8-9 and the Yale Spring Invitational on April 15. Led by senior captain Connor Lynch at +11 (79-76-69—224), the Bears placed 13th at the Princeton Invitational at +62 (314-309-291—914). The final-round 291 was Brown's low round of the 2016-17 regular season. Brown followed that up with a ninth-place finish at the Yale Spring Invitational at +43 (301-302—603), with junior Kevin Li leading all Bears at +4 (71-73—144) to earn a top five result. Li paces all Brown golfers with a 76.33 scoring average—32nd in the Ivy League.

Freshman Jeremy Perna shot -5 (69-69-70—208) and tied for fifth place, as Columbia placed ninth at +17 (287-295-287—869) to open the spring season at the Grand Canyon Invitational on March 17-18. The Lions followed that up by carding a +39 (301-314—615) to finish 13th at the Towson Spring Invitational on March 25-26, led by freshman Cullen Chung's eight-place worthy +2 (72-74—146). Columbia placed ninth at the Princeton Invitational on April 8-9 with a 54-hole team score of +29 (306-286-289—881), despite recording its best round of the 2016-17 campaign. Junior Joshua Suh—who owns Columbia's top scoring average and ranks 12th in the Ivy League at 73.57—carded a +5 (72-68-78—218) to lead the Lions at 16th overall. Perna again topped the Lion scoresheet with a +7 (73-74-73—220) to tie for 13th at the Rutherford Intercollegiate. Columbia shot +32 (294-293-297—884) to place seventh in its final regular season event.  

The Big Red competed in three spring invitational events, placing among the top 12 at each. Behind a +5 (75-74—149) from junior Mike Graboyes to tie for 18th, Cornell placed 12th at the Towson Spring Invitational on March 25-26 at +37 (310-303—613). Fellow junior Christopher Troy carded a career-best fifth-place finish at April 8-9's Princeton Invitational at +2 (69-70-76—215), leading the Big Red contingent to an eighth-place mark at +26 (294-289-295—878). In the Big Red's final regular-season event, Cornell posted its best finish this spring—fourth place at the Yale Spring Invitational on April 15. Cornell shot +31 (298-293—591) behind a runner-up finish from Mike Graboyes at even-par (72-68—140). Senior Luke Graboyes, Mike's older brother, owns the top scoring average for the Big Red at 73.44—ninth in the Ivy League.

Dartmouth placed 17th at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate on Feb. 27-28 at +72 (318-310-308—936), with senior Sean Fahey leading the Big Green contingent at +16 (82-78-72—232). Fellow senior Jeff Lang led all Big Green golfers with a +1 (73-72-72—217) to tie for 34th, as Dartmouth finished 13th at the Furman Intercollegiate on March 24-26 with a team score of +12 (285-289-302—876). The Big Green then posted a runner-up effort at April 1-2's Manor Intercollegiate at +10 (294-289-291—874)—led by dueling +2 marks from Fahey and sophomore John Lazor, who tied for 10th. Shooting +35 (295-289-303—887), Dartmouth concluded its regular season with a 14th place finish at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate. Lazor, who owns the 11th-best scoring average in the Ivy League at 73.65, again paced the Big Green golfers at +9, alongside freshman Will Benarz.

After dropping a match to Lynn University to open the spring campaign on March 16, Harvard rebounded with back-to-back top 10 finishes to extend its current-season top 10 streak to six events. The Crimson placed sixth at the Furman Intercollegiate on March 24-26, shooting -2 (287-286-289—862). Senior Kendrick Vinar led the Harvard contingent at -6 (69-68-73—210) and finished ninth overall. Sophomore Aurian Capart then posted the Crimson's low score at the Princeton Invitational, carding a -4 (71-66-72—209) to finish as the runner-up. Harvard was also the runner-up at the event after shooting +6 (293-284-281—858). The Crimson boast the Ivy League's top scoring average at 287.06, led by Vinar's Ivy-best 71.53. Junior Greg Royston (3rd, 71.68) and senior Robert Deng (4th, 72.07) also register among the top five Ivy League golfers based on scoring average.

A score of +81 (309-318-318—945) led to an 11th place finish for the Quakers at the Colleton River Collegiate to open the spring season. Junior Carter Thompson led all Penn golfers with a +10 (72-79-75—226). Thompson again paced the Quakers with a +4 (72-76—148) at the Towson Spring Invitational on March 25-26, placing 12th. Penn tied for seventh at the event with a team score of +31 (297-310—607). The Quakers also competed in the Princeton Invitational on April 8-9 and the Yale Spring Invitational on April 15. Led by sophomore Josh Goldenberg at +9 (73-72-77—222), Penn placed 11th at the Princeton Invitational with a 54-hole total of +45 (299-297-301—897). Penn then posted its best finish of the 2016-17 campaign as the runner-up at the Yale Spring Invitational at +29 (293-296—589). Thompson—who has a Quaker-best scoring average of 74.95—and junior Amay Poria paced Penn at +6 to tie for 10th place.

The Tigers opened the spring season with a 15th-place finish at the National Invitational Tournament hosted by Arizona on Feb. 27-28. Freshman Evan Quinn led Princeton at +5 (77-70-74—221), contributing to a team score of +26 (311-285-294—890). On April 3-4, juniors Eric Mitchell and Michael Davis co-led the Tigers at the Seattle University Redhawk Invitational at +7, finishing tied for 24th. Princeton placed 10th with a team score of +34 (299-296-287—882) at the event. In its spring finale, Princeton posted its best finish of 2016-17, shooting +10 (292-283-287—862) to place third in its own invitational on April 8-9. Davis again led the Tiger contingent at -1 (69-73-70—212) and also placed third. Princeton owns the Ivy League's third-best scoring average at 292.25—behind Davis's 72.92 and Mitchell's 73.46, which each rank among the top 10 scoring averages in the League.

Yale dropped a match to UC Santa Barbara to open spring competition on March 24, but rebounded with back-to-back top five finishes in tournament play. The Bulldogs placed fifth at the Princeton Invitational with a 54-hole team score of +24 (296-296-281—873). Senior Jonathan Lai led all Yale golfers at +3 (74-75-67—216) to tie for eighth. The Bulldogs then captured the event title at their own invitational with a +9 effort (284-285—569)—20 strokes ahead of their nearest competitor. Junior Will Bernstein claimed individual medalist honors at -1 (73-66—139). Yale boasts four of the top 10 golfers in the Ivy League based on scoring average: senior Li Wang (2nd, 71.68), Lai (5th, 71.87), sophomore James Nicholas (7th, 72.47) and freshman Eric Hall (8th, 72.50). The Bulldogs also claim the conference's low round of the season at 274 and second-best scoring average at 287.47—.41 strokes behind rival Harvard.