Sixth place at Navy motivates men’s golf for upcoming Championships

Bethany Blass, Sports Co-Editor

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The men’s golf team placed sixth at the Navy Invitational in the last regular season tournament on April 23-24. J.P. Raftery ’19 was the top golfer for the Bison during the first day of the competition, marking a score of 72. The top score posted on the second day was 75, earned by both Jubal Early ’19 and John Edler ’17.

“Although our results were not what we had hoped for, every player knows what we need to do in order to be successful here next weekend,” head coach Mike Binney said. “The guys are pumped up, and so am I.”

The team score for the first day of the invitational was 297, trailing the first-place score of 285. After Raftery, Daniel Levin ’18 had the next best score (73), followed by Ashton Radvansky ’19 (74), Connor O’Brien ’19 (75), and Early (77).

Finishing the second day of the competition in sixth place, the Orange and Blue recorded a total team score of 599 after tallying 302 strokes on April 24. Both Levin and O’Brien finished with second-day marks of 76. Raftery rounded out the invitational with an 80.

“If everyone plays their best next week, I believe we can win the tournament. For me to do that, I have to eliminate some of the sloppy mental mistakes that I’ve been making in the past few weeks and make more putts,” O’Brien said.

Levin had the best overall score averaged over the two-day invitational for the Bison, tallying a total of 149 (73-76). Host team Navy secured the victory with an overall two-day score of 570.

“The guys hit the ball great this weekend, from tee to green, but many of the greens at Navy’s course are very challenging, so we need to concentrate our efforts at putting our approach shots where they need to be to give us the best chances at making pars and birdies,” Binney said.

“We went to this tournament to prepare for the Patriot League Championship, as the two events are being played on the same golf course. Obviously we wanted to play well, but the primary goal was to really learn and understand the intricacies of the golf course so that we can play our best next week,” O’Brien said.

With the regular season behind them, the Bison will compete in the Patriot League Championship where they will play 36 holes on April 30 and 18 on May 1.

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