By Tom Albano
The April 26-28 MAAC Championship held in Buena Vista, Fla., officially concluded the golf team’s season.
The Broncs finished seventh out of the nine teams that competed in the MAAC Championship, with a total score of 952. The tournament was won by Loyola (Md.).
“We played terrible the first day, which really put us in a hole,” said junior James Buttermark. “But we played well the second two days and we were able to pick up ground on the teams that were in front of us.”
Buttermark finished 28th with a total score of 239. He shot an 83 on day one, 81 on day two, and 75 on day three.
Senior Evan McGrain tied for 23rd. He finished with a total score of 236, after shooting 79 the first day, 81 the second day, and 76 the final day.
“Evan played well all semester for us, not just this past weekend,” Buttermark said. “He was really solid and was a huge part of this team.”
Looking at what happened in the tournament, Liddell thought the team had the ability to finish in a better position, but blamed it on the early problems.
“We had the first-day nerves, and it showed in our scores,” he said. “It prevented us to finish in the top five, which was our goal. But days two and three were much better than the first-day results, and we ended up passing Siena after the first day and finishing seventh.”
The MAAC Championship concludes a season filled with both success and struggle for the Broncs. The Broncs finished at or near the bottom of the pack in every tournament, except for the La Salle Tournament in Ambler, Pa., on March 24, where they finished third out of 11 teams.
“Looking back, I would say we had our ups and downs,” Buttermark said. “We had tournaments where we played great, and we had other tournaments where we didn’t.”
Buttermark, Liddell and Clark, along with freshman Joe Hughes, are the four members from this season returning to the turf.
“We’re going to practice and play over the summer and get our games in shape for next fall,” Buttermark said. “Liddell and Clark are going to step up next year along with myself.”
In addition, the team is interested in seeing what the new members will bring to the table.
“We have three or four solid recruits coming in the fall which will help us with the depth of the time, and force the returning players to practice harder and become better players,” Liddell said. “We will play in individual tournaments over the summer, and we will come back better and stronger with higher expectations.”