Men's golf struggles in Ithaca

By Chris McCree

Sports Editor

With a total score of 918, the men’s golf team claimed 10th out of 14 at the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca this past weekend. The Bison struggled over the three rounds of play, finishing 47 shots behind tournament champions Binghamton and 18 strokes behind Patriot League opponent Colgate.

“The results at Cornell were not as great as we had hoped for,” Will Bachman ’12 said. “It seems that we all had one good round or a good stretch of holes, but we were unable to put it together for the entire tournament. The goal for these tournaments is to have a level of consistency across the team where we all play well and are within a few shots of each other.”

Bachman and Jon Hartman ’13 claimed top honors for the Orange and Blue, tying for 32nd individually with scores of 228. After two shaky rounds of 79 and 77 on Saturday, Bachman rebounded with an even-par 72 on Sunday and was the only Bison player to record a round of par or better for the weekend. Hartman was by far the most consistent player for the Bison, finishing with rounds of 75, 77 and 76.

For the team, this weekend’s performance represents a stark contrast last weekend’s season opener. Although finishing in fourth last weekend, the Bison had all five players finish with scores under 230, and this week they had just two.

“We are definitely disappointed in our overall performance. As a team, we all struggled with putting and this led to few big numbers over the course of 54 holes,” Hartman said.

The final result might not be perfect, but the Orange and Blue remain optimistic.

“As a team, I think we have to have more consistent play, but it seems like we are on the verge of playing good team golf,” Bachman said. “We have yet to break into that dynamic and all we can try to do is prepare to improve on our performance and build on our frustrations.”

This weekend, the Bison will try to improve on their results when they travel to Williamsburg, Va. for the Joe Agee Invitational.


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