Men’s golf finishes ninth in unruly weather

Kyle Adams, Contributing Writer

At the Lehigh Invitational, the men’s golf team battled not only tough Mid-­Atlantic competition, but also incessant cold and wind on the challenging Saucon Valley Country Club course on Oct. 18 and 19. Head coach Michael Binney’s team captured a ninth-place finish, and was led by the performance of Daniel Levin ’18.

Levin placed in the top-­10 as an individual for the first time in his collegiate career, tying for eighth in a field consisting of 66 players. Carding the lowest scores for his team on consecutive days, Levin put together rounds of 75 and 79, respectively.

“We’ve all played a lot of tournament golf on courses we aren’t familiar with, so it’s just a matter of competing week in and week out and getting used to the conditions and the tournaments, which we have time to do,” Levin said.

Other Bison competing over the weekend were John Edler ’17 and D.J. Magee ’17, who both wrapped up 82­-stroke rounds on day two. C.J. Zachary ’18 and J.B. Thompson ’18 each contributed with scores of 86 on the final day of competition. The Orange and Blue combined for a 36­-hole score of 643, two strokes ahead of Lehigh. Edler finished tied for 28th with 160, followed by Magee (T­-35, 162), Zachary (T-­53, 167), and Thompson (64, 173).

“With such a young roster, we have a lot of room to grow together and to find a solid lineup,” Levin said. “We will have plenty of opportunities to grow as individuals and as a team which, in the long run, will give us an opportunity to be really good.”

Towson took home the team title with a combined score of 602 for the weekend. Towson was followed distantly by Rutgers (621) and Lafayette (628).

“It’s sad that our upperclassmen are running out of time to win a tournament, which would erase our results to date and make it possible to say that we had a successful season,” Levin said.

The Orange and Blue will look to do just that while partaking in their final competition of the fall season when they travel to Sapphire, N.C. They will hopefully encounter more favorable weather conditions at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate on Nov. 1 and 2.

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