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Men's Golf Championship Preview

Men's Golf Championship Preview

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The 2017 Ivy League Men's Golf Championship tees off at 10 a.m. Friday at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn. This is the first time that the three-day, 54-hole championship event will be contested at the 7,133-yard, par-72 club.

Last year, Harvard rode a tournament-best opening round four-over par 292 to its first men's golf championship since 1975, finishing +43 (292-306-309—907) to outlast runner-up Dartmouth (+47, 301-309-301—911) by four strokes. Four of the last five Ivy League Men's Golf Championships have been decided by five strokes or less.

The reigning Ivy League champion Crimson enter the weekend as the odds on favorite, boasting an Ivy-best scoring average of 287.06 as a team. Harvard is led by senior Kendrick Vinar, who owns a League-leading 71.53 scoring average through 17 rounds this season. Crimson junior Greg Royston (3rd, 71.64) and senior Robert Deng (4th, 72.07) also claim top five scoring averages in the League through 14 rounds this year. Royston is one of three returning All-Ivy honorees for Harvard, alongside sophomore Aurian Capart and senior Daniel De La Garza.

The Crimson will face stiff competition from rival Yale, whose 287.47 scoring average sits just .41 strokes back of Harvard this season. The Bulldogs claim five of the top 15 golfers in the Ivy League based on scoring average in senior Li Wang (2nd, 71.68), senior Jonathan Lai (5th, 71.87), sophomore James Nicholas (7th, 72.47), freshman Eric Hall (8th, 72.50) and sophomore Eoin Leonard (14th, 73.44). Lai and junior Will Bernstein are returning All-Ivy performers for Yale, which will look to capture its first Ivy League title since 2011.

Harvard and Yale are the only Ivies to have broken the 280 mark this season, with Yale owning the League's low round at 274.

Princeton, which has captured 20-of-42 Ivy League titles since 1975, will also challenge for the crown. The Tigers possess a 292.25 scoring average on the season and return one All-Ivy recipient in junior Eric Mitchell. Both Mitchell (10th, 73.46) and fellow junior Michael Davis (6th, 72.92) own top 10 scoring averages in the Ivy League.

Brothers Luke and Mike Graboyes give Cornell a pair of All-Ivy returners. Luke, the reigning Ivy League individual medalist, owns the conference's ninth-best scoring average this season at 73.44. As a team, Cornell maintains a 296.39 scoring average, good for fourth among the Ivy League programs.

Columbia also returns an All-Ivy duo from a year ago in seniors Mert Selamet and Christopher Chu. The Lions possess a 296.86 scoring average on the season, paced by junior Joshua Suh's 73.57 mark.

Dartmouth (298.04), Penn (301.77) and Brown (308.50) round out the eight-team field. The teams combined to produce an All-Ivy twosome in Dartmouth junior Ian Kelsey—the Ivy League runner-up from 2016—and Brown junior Kevin Li at last year's championship event.

Columbia (5), Dartmouth (2), Harvard (2), Penn (4), Princeton (20) and Yale (9) have each captured at least one Ivy League championship, while Brown and Cornell are each looking for their first team honor.