Yale had taken home the title from the Princeton Invitational in four consecutive years, but this year, that streak came to an end as another Ivy rival, Harvard, finished three shots ahead of the Bulldogs to claim the top spot. Meanwhile, the host Tigers ended the weekend ninth out of the 15 teams in the three-round event at Springdale Golf Club.
Led by senior Greg Jarmas, the Tigers completed round one on Saturday with Jarmas and senior Nick Ricci sitting among the top 15 in the standings. Jarmas would cut four shots off of his first-round score to shoot a 66 in the second round on Saturday, tying for the lowest score of the day and placing him in a tie for second place and three shots back of the lead going into Sunday’s final round. He would ultimately finish 12th.
“The difference between who moves up and who moves back in a tight race almost always comes down to putting, especially at Springdale,” Jarmas said. “The guys who make just a couple more makeable putts will come out on top.”
Jarmas was named All-Ivy League in 2013 after becoming Princeton’s first Ivy individual champion since 2005. Jarmas also was the Tigers’ highest finisher at NCAA Regionals. The Princeton Invitational was the first — and only — home event of the spring for men’s golf.
“It’s great to play on our home course. I’m very comfortable there, given that it’s where we practice everyday, and that comfort level as well as the knowledge of where the right places are to miss it is definitely an advantage,” Jarmas said. “Equally important to me, our home event brings us a lot of support — it’s an awesome feeling to have friends, family, alums, and professors out there watching us play.”
Also finishing in the top 50 for the Tigers this weekend were freshman Alex Dombrowski, who finished tied for 19th after shooting 3-over-par; senior Nick Ricci who shot 8-over and finished tied for 35th; and freshman Jason Chen, who finished tied for 45th after shooting 11-over.
“One round or one day doesn’t say anything to me about our depth as a team,” Jarmas said. “I expect everybody to play well and just play their game, and if that happens we’ll be a consistent team with a chance to win come Sundays. We are all looking to peak at Ivies in two weeks, and I see no reason why that won’t be the case.”
Women’s water polo won the CWPA Southern Division title for the third straight year on Sunday with an 11-4 victory over Brown. Senior Katie Rigler led the Tigers with five goals in the win.
Ryan Ambler ’16 scored three goals and assisted on four others as men’s lacrosse defeated Dartmouth, 13-10, to improve to 2-2 in the Ivy League. The Tigers finish the regular season with games against the top two teams in the league standings, Harvard and Cornell.
Women’s lightweight crew earned the Knecht Cup for the first time since 2005 on Sunday morning, defeating Boston University and Wisconsin. The Tigers have started the 2014 racing season strong with the win at the Knecht Cup and a second-place finish to Stanford, the reigning national champion, at the San Diego Crew Classic.
Track and field saw records set for both the men and the women this weekend. Already the NCAA leader, sophomore Julia Ratcliffe threw a New Zealand national record, an Ivy League record, a Princeton record and a personal record with a 69.60-meter hammer throw at Saturday’s Princeton Quad Meet. Senior Imani Oliver also set a Princeton and personal record for her 12.91-meter triple jump. On the men’s side, senior Damon McLean recoded a personal best and Princeton record in the triple jump with a 16.11 attempt, ranking him second in the nation in the event. Both Princeton teams placed second in the event.