In its last two tournaments before the MAAC Championship begins, the Rider golf team managed to secure two Top 5 finishes, and even walked away from one outing with a winning golfer.
At the Mount St. Mary’s Spring Invitational last weekend, the Broncs rose from an 11th place ranking on Day One to finish fifth out of 18 teams with a final team score of 894.
On Tuesday, at the Peacock Invitational hosted by conference foe St. Peters, Rider placed second out of 12 teams with a final score of 300, and junior Eric LeFante won the event.
“Eric played great,” Head Coach Bob Whartenby told Rider Sports Information. “He got off to a quick start and was two under par through the first nine holes.”
LeFante and two opposing golfers shot even par 72s, with LeFante declared the victor after tiebreaking criteria was applied. The win was LeFante’s first of his college career.
“It felt good to win,” he said. “I knew that I was around the lead for most of my round and I was able to handle the pressure and the conditions. It’s one thing to do it in practice, but to hit quality shots down the stretch was rewarding.”
This is the second year in a row a Rider golfer has won the event, with senior Tyler Brewington taking home first place last year. This year, Brewington shot a 75 and tied for fifth place out of 57 golfers.
“I’m not going to lie, it felt good to finally beat Tyler in a tournament,” LeFante said. “I’m not letting this go to my head though because I have a long way to go to achieve some of the things he has in college golf.”
Brewington had the best individual finish for the Broncs at Mount St. Mary’s over the weekend, finishing tied for ninth out of the 95 golfers at the tournament, shooting a 72 in the final round for a three-round total of 217. Brewington won this event in the fall.
LeFante shot the low round of 71 for Rider on both days and finished with a final score of 218, tied for 12th overall.
The Broncs are now competing in the MAAC Championships in Orlando, Fla. The tournament began today and will culminate on Sunday.