By Jillian Shutt
Rider’s golf team is teeing up for the end of the season with only two weeks left before the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferences Championship. The team competed at the Princeton Invitational last Saturday and Sunday, where they faced off against highly competitive teams that included Georgetown, Princeton and Temple.
Freshman James Buttermark led the team through the weekend, ending the 54-hole tournament with a 232 and a tie for 51st place. Buttermark played a consistent three rounds scoring 77, 78 and 77, respectively.
“It felt good being the low scorer on the team,” Buttermark said. “I’m a freshman and I just try to do what I can to help the team play well for the tournament.”
Senior Brian Accorsini was in 66th place after Saturday, coming back to finish the tournament on Sunday with a final round of 74, scoring 237 for the weekend and tying junior teammate Chris Wolak.
On day one, senior Jordan Wycoff was tied for 57th. Wycoff was two strokes behind Buttermark and one stroke in front of Wolak on the leader board. He ended the tournament in a tie for 63rd with an overall score of 238 for the weekend.
The team shot a 944 as a whole, finishing 12th for the invitational. Yale finished with a team score of 848 and won the tournament by six strokes over University of Pennsylvania.
“I think we fared pretty well at the Princeton tournament. There were a lot of really good teams at this tournament, and this score for us was the lowest of the spring so far,” Buttermark said.
On Monday and Tuesday the golf team will travel to Gettysburg, Pa., to compete in the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational.
“We have one more tournament before our conference championships where we are looking to play well so we can get our confidence up for the conference championship because our goal is to win it,” Buttermark said.
The Broncs will test their skills in the sunny atmosphere of Celebration, Fla., at the MAAC Championships on April 29, 30, and May 1.