PRINCETON, N.J. – Rutgers men’s golf is fourth with a 575 (290-285) total after day one of the 15-team Princeton Invitational, played Saturday at Springdale Golf Club. The 28th annual event concludes on Sunday with one additional round.
Sophomore Jonathan Chang (Valencia, Calif.) paced the Scarlet Knights, carding a 139 (73-66) on the par 71, 6,390-yard course to enter the final 18 holes tied for sixth in the 78-player field. He has 27 pars and is minus three in par five scoring. Chang’s second round 66 is tied for the best round of the tournament.
Senior Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) also performed well and is tied for 16th with a 143 (72-71). He is even in par three scoring.
A trio of freshmen comprises the rest of the Rutgers scorecard. Michael Howe (Temecula, Calif.) is tied for 26th with a 145 (75-70), Ryan Rose (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) is tied for 45th with a 149 (70-79) and Chase Wheatley (Corona del Mar, Calif.) is tied for 73rd with a 158 (80-78). Howe has 25 pars and Rose is minus three in par five scoring with an eagle to his credit.
Harvard is in first place with a 548 (271-277), 14 strokes ahead of second place Yale. Dartmouth is in the show position with a 568. Harvard’s Akash Mirchandani is atop the leaderboard with a nine-under par 133 (67-66).
The third and final round tees-off at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.