Men’s golf chops off 16 strokes on day two of Wildcat Invitational

Elizabeth Duswalt, Senior Writer

Despite having a rough start at the Wildcat Invitational, the Bison men’s golf team turned things around on the second day of play on March 31. The Bison were able to drop 16 strokes off of their score from the first round of the tournament. They ended with a 304, putting them in 14th place.

D.J. Magee ’17 led the team with a 3 over-par 74. He birdied his first hole and another at No. 15. He finished the day with par or better on 15 of the 18 holes. Daniel Levin ’18  had a total of four birdies; three of the four were in a row at holes 6, 7, and 8. He ended up carding a 4-over 75 for the day.

“We played really poorly top to bottom as a team on Monday. It was pretty disappointing because I felt good about my game coming into the week as did the rest of the team. We made a good bit of progress in our last tournament but we took a step back after this week. Today was a bit better, but the team that won was 23 shots better than we were so that was quite disappointing. However, we are still optimistic about next week and the rest of the season,” Levin said.

Hitting three birdies, John Edler ’17 finished his round with a 76 while Austin Honigford ’18 had two in his round of 79. Despite his score not counting towards the team score, C.J. Zachary ’18 had the Orange and Blue’s best round for the day. He completed his round with a 2-over 73. Zachary was playing in the tournament as an individual. On the first day of the invitational, Zachary carded a 77, which made his 36 hole total a score of 150. Zachary’s score was the highest for the Bison this week and lead him to tie for 24th place.

“The first day was disappointing for the Bison, even with the tough conditions. Nobody played to their potential and our individual scores all showed that. The second day we turned it around to a degree and played better, but we still left plenty of shots out there. C.J. Zachary had himself a good tournament, but everyone else left thinking they wanted another shot at White Manor Country Club,” Edler said.

Binghamton took first place at the tournament with a team total of 281. The Bearcats were led with two scores in the 60s. They came from behind to beat Delaware, who was the first round leader.

The Bison will be back on the green April 4 at the Met Intercollegiate at Century CC and Old Oaks CC in Purchase, N.Y.

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