O’Brien leads men’s golf with top-10 finish at Lafayette

Curt Bliamptis, Staff Writer

Despite unfavorable weather, Connor O’Brien ’19 guided the men’s golf team in a two-day tournament April 3-4. After a weekend of extremely trying conditions, with winds up to 40 mph and low temperatures, the Bison finished 12th out of 19 teams with 628 points at the Lafayette Invitational.

“To say it was challenging would be an understatement,” head coach Mike Binney said.

O’Brien led the way for the Bison on the first day of the invitational. He recorded a bogey of 72 on April 3. J.P. Raftery ’19 followed a few strokes behind at 79 and was trailed by teammates D.J. Magee ’17, Jubal Early ’19, and Nick Geissler ’16, respectively. After the first day of the match, the Bison’s 318 strokes for the day tied for 10th place.

Looking to complete the 36-hole tournament, the Bison continued play on April 4. O’Brien collected a 77 to give him an overall score of 149, which put him in a tie for fourth place individually and only three strokes away from the winner of the tournament. O’Brien recorded a top-10 finish for the fourth time in his short career as a Bison. He battled through less than desirable weather to par 12 of his last 16 holes to earn his impressive fourth-place finish. Raftery and Magee also each tallied scores of 77 for the day, with Early and Geissler trailing just behind to contribute to the Bison’s team score of 310 on the day. The Bison ended the invitational in 12th place. 

Next up, the Bison will travel to New Haven, Conn. on April 16 for the Yale Spring Invitational. Yale is one of three remaining tournaments left on the Orange and Blue’s schedule until the Patriot League Championships. Shortly after Yale, the Bison will head to Gladwyne, Pa. to compete in the Finegan Invitational on April 18.

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