Men's Golf Captures 2016 Ivy League Championship; Earns NCAA Regional Bid

Men's Golf Captures 2016 Ivy League Championship; Earns NCAA Regional Bid

The Crimson earned the program's first Ivy title since 1975 (Courtesy Sideline Photos/The Ivy League).

JACKSON, N.J. – The Harvard men's golf team captured the program's third Ivy League championship on Sunday, holding off a final-round charge by Dartmouth to beat the Big Green by four strokes at Metedeconk National Golf Club.

Harvard, which ended a 41-year drought to win the program's first title since 1975, took a nine-stroke lead over Dartmouth to begin the tournament on Friday and led Yale by 10 strokes, Dartmouth by 12, after Saturday's round two. The Big Green made a run at the Crimson on Sunday, but Harvard remained poised to close out the victory.

Harvard finished the weekend at plus-43 (907) as Dartmouth came in at plus-47 (911). Yale took third at plus-55 (919) with Cornell (+56, 920), Columbia (+59, 923), Princeton (+61, 925), Penn (+83, 947) and Brown (+91, 955) rounding out the standings.

With the victory, the Crimson has earned the Ivy League's automatic bid to one of six NCAA Regional Championships being played May 16-18. Golf Channel will announce the 81 teams and 45 individuals selected to compete in the six regionals on Thursday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m. during Morning Drive. 30 teams and six individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships.

Freshman Aurian Capart, playing in just his second tournament of the spring, shot a plus-8 224 to tie for fourth place in the individual standings and earn first team All-Ivy League honors. Capart, a native of Bousval, Belgium, opened with a plus-1 73 on Friday, carded a plus-2 74 on Saturday, and came in Sunday with a plus-5 77.

Gregory Royston and Daniel De La Garza also finished in the top 10 for the Crimson, taking home second team All-Ivy recognition. Royston's plus-10 226 was good for seventh place with De La Garza's plus -14 230 good for a tie for 10th place.

Royston found himself tied for the lead after shooting an even-par 72 on Friday, Harvard's low round of the weekend. The sophomore followed with a plus-6 78 on Saturday and plus-4 76 on Sunday. 

De La Garza, meanwhile, was right on Royston's heels with a plus-1 71 on Friday. A junior, De La Garza shot plus-7 (79) on Saturday and plus-6 (78) on Sunday.

Junior Robert Deng (+15, 231) and senior captain Rohan Ramnath (+17, 233) also contributed to Harvard's championship run, placing tied for 14th and tied for 18th, respectively. Deng sandwiched a pair of 78's (+6) around a 75 (+3) on Saturday. Ramnath came out strong with a first-round 74 (+2) before shooting an 81 (+9) on Saturday and 78 (+6) on Sunday.