Golf claims ninth place at Colgate Invitational

Senior captain Eric LeFante finished in the Colgate Invitational tying for sixth place out of 60 golfers, with a total score of 152.By Josh Veltrie

In an unusually high-scoring tournament, Rider’s golf team captain had the team’s highest individual finish at the Colgate Invitational over the weekend.

Senior captain Eric LeFante finished tying for sixth out of 60 golfers as the team finished ninth out of 12.

The team shot a 316, finishing ninth, on the first day of competition and a 321 the second to finish with a 637 total score.

LeFante led the way, shooting a 152. He scored a 77 the first day of the invite while scoring a Rider best of the match 75 on the par 72 the next day of competition.

“I’m never satisfied with my score; I always feel like I can do better,” LeFante said. “Being the captain I feel like I should lead by example, not only getting out and practicing everyday, but also going to classes and getting good grades.”

Sophomore Brian Accorsini placed 20th, shooting a 159. He scored 80 the first day and shot 79 the second day. Brent Wolgast, also a sophomore, finished 27th with a 161, 82 on day one and 79 on day two.

“I felt like I hit the ball well, I just did not putt well at all; the greens were super fast and the pin placement was extremely difficult,” said Wolgast. “As a team, it just felt like no one putted the ball real well. Eric was the only one who played solid both days.”

The event was played on Seven Oaks Golf Course, a 6,915 yard, par 72 golf course located in Hamilton, N.Y.

“The course was in phenomenal shape,” said LeFante. “Being able to practice on it beforehand made it a lot easier, but the greens being fast made it a little tough. I had to make sure I hit the ball in the fairway so it was easier to control it hitting onto the green.”

It was a relatively high-scoring event with no team breaking 300 either day. Binghamton won the event, shooting a 606 total while Rider finished ahead of Colgate, Saint Peter’s and Wagner.

“No one seemed to score really low, and I wasn’t happy with my score at all,” said Accorsini. “As a team we could’ve done a lot better all around. Personally I wasn’t hitting the fairways, which just made everything more difficult.”

Also competing for Rider were juniors Kevin Krecicki and Dan Toomey, who shot a 165 and a 173, respectively. On the first day of competition, Krecicki shot 77 on the par 72, tying with LeFante for 13th of the 60 golfers. Krecicki placed 39th overall while Toomey finished 52nd.

Binghamton won the tournament with a total score of 606. The Broncs finished finding themselves ahead of Colgate, Saint Peter’s and Wagner.

“The guys got some valuable experience on how crucial it is to stay below the hole, being on the right spot in the green,” Head Coach Bob Whartenby said to Rider Sports Information.
Rider will compete at the Cornell Invitational on Sept. 27-28.

“We are all practicing really hard this week, looking forward to Cornell this weekend so we can have something to build on,” said Accorsini.

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