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May 19, 2012

Williamson Ties for Fifth, Penn Places 13th in NCAA Men's Golf Regional Play

Courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communication and Penn Athetic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Dartmouth senior Peter Williamson finished his collegiate career on Saturday by posting a birdie on his final three holes to tie for fifth at 6-under-par (207) at the NCAA Central Regional. Williamson carded a 4-under-par 67 to move up seven spots in the final round. Albin Choi of North Carolina State was in the individual champion and the individual not on an advancing team to move on to the NCAA Championship. Choi posted a 3-under-par 68 on Saturday to finish at 10-under for the tournament. The event was held at the par-71, 6,723-yard U-M Golf Course.

The Penn men's golf team finished in 13th place at the NCAA South Central Regional, which concluded Saturday at The Club at Olde Stone. The regional was hosted by Western Kentucky. The Quakers shot 309 on Saturday to finish the tournament at 926 (62 over par). That was plenty good for them to hold their pre-tournament seed over Alabama State, which finished at 970.

Central Regional
The Ann Arbor Regional featured 13 teams and 10 individuals playing 54-holes, Thursday through Saturday (May 17-19). The low five teams and the low individual not on an advancing team moved on to the NCAA Championship.

Williamson recorded the third-lowest score by an individual not on an advancing team, but fell four strokes short of moving on to the finals. He started the day on the 10th tee and birdied his second hole, the par-5 11th. The senior followed that with three straight pars, before carding a birdie on the 391-yard par-4 15th. He ended his first nine with a par on 16, a bogey on 17 and a par on 18. The 17th proved to be difficult hole for Williamson all week as he bogeyed the 399-yard par 4 in each round.

On the front side, the Hanover native pared the first six holes before ending the tournament and his collegiate career with some spectacular play. He birdied the par-4 378-yard seventh for the first time this week, and then birdied his first par 3 of the tournament on the 159-yard eighth. Williamson finished up his round and the event with his third straight birdie on the 414-yard par-4 ninth. It marked the first time in the tournament he birdied three straight holes.

He ended the Regional with 1 eagle, 13 birdies, 31 pars and nine bogeys. The tie for fifth was the best finish for Williamson in three tries in the NCAA Regionals. In 2009, he tied for 41st, and in 2011, he tied for 10th.

USC won the team competition at the Regional with an 11-under-par 841. The other four teams to advance to the NCAA Championship were Oregon at 10-under (842), Kent State at 8-under (844), Virginia at 6-under (846) and TCU at 3-under (849).

Earlier this season, Williamson won his second consecutive Ivy League title and the third of his career. The Hanover native's third individual Ivy title made him only the second player in Ivy League history to win three. Yale's Bob Heintz, who has split time between the PGA and Nationwide Tours, won three titles from 1990-92. Williamson also earned first-team All-Ivy honors, which marked the fourth time he was named All-Ivy. He became the ninth player to be a four-time All-Ivy honoree. Williamson joins Lee Birchall ’02 as the only Dartmouth golfers to earn four All-Ivy honors.

The senior was also named the Ivy League's Player of the Year. It marked the third time he garnered the honor, after receiving the recognition in 2009 and 2011.

South Central Regional
Chattanooga won the team title, shooting 284 on Saturday and finishing the tournament at 859 (-5). That was just one stroke better than Texas A&M, which carded 287 on Saturday, and four strokes ahead of UCLA (292). Virginia Tech was fourth, at 874, while Memphis was fifth at 876. Those five teams will move on to the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in California. They will be joined by Iowa State's Nate McCoy, the top finisher among players who were not on the qualifying teams with his 4-under-par 212.

Individually, sophomore Max Marsico once again led the way for Penn; his 75 on Saturday put his at 225 for the tournament which allowed him to tie for 39th in the 75-player field. P.J. Fielding shot a 78 on Saturday and ended up tied for 57th at 233, while Austin Powell carded an 81 on the day and finished the event tied for 64th at 235.

Scotty Williams and Colin St. Maxens both scored for Penn on Saturday, carding 78s. Williams ended the tournament alone in 68th place, at 237, while St. Maxens tied for 69th at 238.

Chattanooga's Stephan Jaeger made it a clean sweep for his school, as he shot a 6-under-par 66 on Saturday to finish the tournament at 13-under-par 203. That was four shots ahead of UCLA's Pedro Figueiredo, and eight shots ahead of four other golfers who tied for third place.

Penn's individual rounds on Saturday
St. Maxens (78) was first off the No. 10 tee on Saturday. He parred his first three holes, but struggled with bogeys on five of the next six to put him +5 at the turn. A pair of pars gave way to three more bogeys in a row on his 12th through 14th holes, but he got two of those shots back with back-to-back birdies on his 15th and 16th holes. St. Maxens then parred his final two holes to end up +6.

Williams (78) has a solid front nine on Saturday, with eight pars and a bogey on No. 13. He struggled at the turn, however, with a triple bogey on his 10th hole. He immediately birdied his 11th, but gave it back with another bogey on his 12th. Bogeys at his 15th and 18th holes closed out the round and put him at +6 for the day.

Fielding (78) struggled out of the gate, with bogeys on his second and third holes and then a double bogey on his fourth. The junior settled down from there, however, with five straight pars and then birdies on his 10th and 11th holes. At that point he was just +2 for the day. However, he bogeyed his 12th hole, and that led to bogeys on three of the next five holes which ended him at +6.

Powell (81) had a bogey on his first hole, then a double on the third hole. His biggest trouble came at the turn, where he had bogeys on four straight holes (his eighth through 11th). Powell also had bogeys on his 14th and 16th holes which put him at +9 for the day. The freshman was unable to produce a birdie on the day.

Marsico (75) had a great start, with a birdie on his first hole. He gave it back with a bogey at his fifth, but was even after nine holes on the day. However, he bogeyed his 10th, then his 12th, then his 14th (getting one of them back with a birdie on his 15th. The sophomore then had a bogey on his closing hole and ended the day +3.