By Melissa Kasiarz
The Broncs didn’t fare well at the Cornell Golf Invitational last weekend when they tied for 11th out of 14 teams. Rider competed against Bucknell, Saint Bonaventure, Siena and other solid competitors. But Binghamton won the invitational with a score of 868.
Rider shot a combined 937, bested by Fordham, who put up a score of 926. The Broncs finished ahead of only two schools: Cornell B group, who shot a 949, and Ottawa, who placed last with a tournament-worst score of 952.
Rider tied Colgate and underachieved compared to last year’s finish, where they came in 8th out of 15 teams at Cornell.
For Rider, senior Brian Accorsini tied for 19th out of 81 golfers. He did so by notching a final round score of 79, and he shot a 224 for the tournament after rounds of 70 and 75 the first two frames.
Senior Jake Katz from Binghamton finished first out of the entire field, shooting 211 during the tournament with rounds of 70, 72 and 69.
On Saturday, Rider shot a 310 and 309 on the opening 36 holes, placing 13th following the first round.
“We’re having trouble closing our rounds,” Whartenby told Rider Sports Information.
Junior Brent Wolgast, tied for 49th overall after shooting a final round of 80, boosted his finish and had a combined score of 236 during the two days. He couldn’t repeat last year’s remarkable feat when he shot a Rider record of 65 in the invitational and finished sixth, leading the Broncs.
Freshman James Buttermark finished 58th with a score of 239 while junior Jordan Wycoff concluded the tournament with a 248, good for 74th place.
The Broncs close out the fall season at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate Tournament hosted by Seton Hall at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club on Oct. 16-17.