By Michael Mack
The Rider golf team competed in the Mount St. Mary’s Spring Invitational in Littlestown, Pa., on Monday and Tuesday.
The tournament was shortened from 54 holes to 36 because of inclement weather.
On Monday the tournament saw a three-hour rain delay after two hours of play through heavy rain. Rough weather, which has been affecting the team a great deal as of late, gave the team some trouble again.
“Our performance on day one spoke for itself,” said sophomore Brian Accorsini, who shot an 82 to tie for 36th place. “It wasn’t good, but the weather really was a problem. It was a long day of rain delays and waiting around.”
The Broncs were led by sophomore Brent Wolgast who shot a 77 on the par 72 course, and found himself in a tie for 12th place among the 72 golfers.
Senior Eric LeFante matched Accorsini’s 82, while sophomore Jordan Wycoff shot an 84 and junior Kevin Krecicki rounded out the scoring with an 88.
As a team, the Broncs shot a 325 on the first day, placing them eighth out of the 13 teams in the tournament.
Day two brought long awaited, favorable weather conditions for the Broncs.
“The weather was nice and the conditions of the course were much better than the day before,” Accorsini said.
Leading the way for the Broncs on day two was Wycoff, with a stellar score of 73.
“I hit 15 of 18 greens and if I was putting well that round I could have easily been in the 60s,” Wycoff said.
Wycoff stepped up his game from day one, improving his score by 11 strokes.
While Wycoff had the best score for Rider on day two, it was Accorsini who led the Broncs in overall score, shooting a 74. Combined with his first round score, that gave him a final score of 156, placing Accorsini 23rd in the tournament.
Accorsini modestly commented only on the team’s performance.
“Day two we really started to play well,” he said. “We started to play the way we’re used to.”
Wycoff closely followed Accorsini with a final score of 157. Wolgast and LeFante followed up with final scores of 159, while Krecicki rounded out the scoring with a 167.
Overall, the Broncs shot a day two score of 303, giving them a final score of 628. This was good for eighth place of the 13 teams.
Things are looking up for the Broncs at the right time as they compete in the MAAC Chamionships this weekend in Celebration, Fla.
“We’re all very optimistic for Florida, and we believe as a team we’re going to put in a very strong showing.” Wycoff said.