By Brian Sommer
With only one senior, James Buttermark, and a new head coach in Jason Barry, the golf team’s young lineup got a slow start.
The 2013 season opened with the Colgate Invitational at Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton, on Sept. 7-8, and the Rutgers Invitational the following weekend.
On the first day of the two-day Colgate Invitational, the Broncs finished 12th out of 14 teams, shooting a combined 322 on the first 18 holes and 305 on the second 18. The next day, the team shot a 319, ending 13th out of 14. Binghamton won the tournament, finishing 16 over par for the weekend.
“The biggest thing we took away from Colgate is that we have to stay away from the big numbers,” junior Cole Clark said. “We all had good stretches of holes but there were just too many doubles [double bogeys]sneaking in there that kept us from scoring to our potential.”
Following the Colgate Invitational, the team took its talents up to New Brunswick. Rider began the tournament with a team score of 599, which put Rider in 12th place out of 17 teams. The leader, Rutgers, had a team score of 571.
On the second day, the Broncs shot a team score of 308. They finished with a total of 907 for the tournament, pushing them back one spot to 13th out of 17.
Buttermark placed 15th out of 90 golfers during the invitational, and sophomore Tom Yarson finished strong with a 73 on the final day, which placed him 27th for the tournament.
Clark feels confident going into the Cornell Invitational this weekend, Sept. 21-22, and believes his team can perform better than it did in the earlier events.
“Cornell is a tough field with many of the Ivy League schools and there’s no reason we can’t win it,” Clark said. “We have the talent to do it. It’s just a matter of putting it all together. Jason is a great coach who can improve our playing over time.”