April 19, 2008
Absecon, New Jersey - Brown senior Larry Haertel's course-record 67 highlighted the first day of the Ivy League men's golf championship, held at the par-71 Galloway National Golf Club. After two rounds of play, the Bears are in seventh place with a two-round 626. With 19 holes remaining on Sunday, Yale leads the tournament with a two-round 595, followed by Columbia (596), Penn (602), Harvard (612), Princeton (614), Cornell (617) Brown and Dartmouth (626).
Haertel's four-under par round of 67 was one shot better than the previous course record of 68 by PGA tour professional Hale Irwin on June 29, 2004. Haertel shot the course record in the morning round, but Penn junior Michael Blodgett tied Haertel's new course record with a four-under 67 in the afternoon round.
Haertel, who captured the Ivy League Championship in 2006 and was the runner-up in 2007, is tied with Blodgett for the tournament's top individual finisher at even par 142 for the two rounds on scores of 67-75.
Junior Conor Malloy, who was a first team All-Ivy selection at the Ivy championship a year ago, currently stands in 12th place individually with scores of 73-78--151. Junior Chris Hoffman shot 80-83--163, sophomore John Giannuzzi came in at 87-85--172, and senior Ryan Larson shot 85-88--173.
The Ivy League Championship will wrap-up with 18-holes on Sunday to complete the 54-hole tournament.