Strong start to season gives men’s golf third place finish at Colgate Invitational in 14 team field

Lauren Whelan , Sports Editor

In its first competition of the 2015-2016 season, the men’s golf team debuted new talent from its freshman to help lead the team to a third place finish at the Colgate Invitational Sept 5-6. Connor O’Brien ’19 took fourth place individually in the first tournament of his collegiate career. Notable performances also came from C.J. Zachary ’18, Daniel Levin ’18, and JP Raftery ’19. The Bison finished the tournament with a score of 921 after 54 holes, following first place Youngstown State who posted a 911 and Cornell who posted a 915. The Orange and Blue were the first place Patriot League team in the Tournament.

Sept. 5 saw the first two rounds of the tournament, when O’Brien paced the team with an incredible 2-under-par score of 70 in his first round as a college athlete. He had yet another successful round in the afternoon, when he scored a 76. At the end of the two rounds, O’Brien was the second-place individual in the tournament. Other members of the Orange and Blue combined to give the team scores of 304 and 305 in the first and second rounds respectively, leaving them in third place at the end of the day.

The morning of Sept. 6 saw the final round of the Invitational. The third place Bison were able to hold on to their slot, posting a score of 310 after their third round. The score for Sept. 6 was a combination of individual scores from O’Brien, Zachary, Levin, and Raftery. O’Brien, Zachary, and Levin all posted a 77 on the day, and Raftery contributed a 79. With a final score of 921, the Bison finished their opening tournament in third place.

The Bison look forward to Sept. 12-13, when they will host the annual Bucknell Invitational.

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