By Tom Albano and David Pavlak
The golf team finished 16th out of 19 teams in the Lafayette Invitational on April 7-8. After a poor performance on the links, the team will now focus its attention on the Princeton Invitational taking place April 13-14.
After the first day of play, the Broncs were seeded 12th but quickly fell off the pace in the two-day event.
“We just got off to a bad start, and we just couldn’t rebound from it,” said junior James Buttermark, who shot an 82 on April 7 and a 64 on April 8 to finish tied for 82nd overall.
After all the holes were complete on the second day of the competition, the Broncs turned in a 329, putting them third from the bottom in the field.
Sophomore Luke Liddell shot an 83 on April 7 and an 84 on April 8 finishing in a tie for 86th overall.
Other notable performances at Lafayette included those by senior Evan McGrain, who finished tied for 43rd after shooting a 73 and an 85 and senior Beau Guarino, who finished tied for 61st after shooting an 81 and an 80;
The Broncs are aiming to put their struggles behind them after their disappointing performance at the invitational.
“We just have to practice,” Liddell said. “We’ll be fine. We just had a bad day, all of us together. Whenever everyone has a bad day it’s tough.”
Rider will only have a few events left to make any sort of traction in the right direction, starting with the Princeton Invitational.
“There’s a good field in Princeton,” Liddell said. “There are a lot of good teams and a lot of good players there. I think we’ll be ready.”
The Broncs will need to be on their A-game as they are set to face some of the teams that have performed strongly this season.
“This event is a lot better,” Liddell said. “It’s the entire Ivy League and then a couple of other schools. It’s the best competition play all year, so we’re looking forward to that. It’s a good test for us. If we play well, then we should be all right.”
Following the Princeton Invitational, the Broncs will have one more match before heading to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the MAAC Championship.
Liddell will be looking to work out the final kinks in his game to provide the team with a strong finish to the season.
“We just got to practice on our short game and just work on putting together a good round and when we’re not doing well, just grind it out,” he said.