Men’s golf reclaims Lehigh Invite title

Curt Bliamptis, Staff Writer

After two days of rain and windy weather, the men’s golf team won the Lehigh Invitational with a team score of 609 over Oct. 21-22. Peter Bradbeer ’20 led the charge for the Bison with his fourth place over the two-day event. J.P. Raftery ’19 also put in a very strong showing, securing fifth place overall.

After the first round, the Orange and Blue tallied a mark of 298. Bradbeer led the Bison after shooting 71 after day one, tied at third place. His mark came from a notable combination of an eagle and four birdies. Raftery, Ashton Radvansky ’19, Connor O’Brien ’19, Jubal Early ’19, and D.J. Magee ’17 also tallied impressive individual scores on day one. After trailing Lehigh by one shot in the first round, the Bison recovered in the second round to force a playoff with Lehigh.

The end of the invitational was not lacking in drama, as Raftery and Bradbeer continued their notable performances throughout the final 18 holes. Bradbeer sank an epic 40-foot putt with an uphill, a downhill, and a 10-foot break to force a playoff, which the Bison went on to win.

Head coach Mike Binney remembered the putt as being an emotional moment for the team.

“The only thing missing from his putt was a windmill and a clown’s mouth; it was that crazy. When it went in, the entire team, who were watching from the sidelines of the 18th green, went ballistic,” Binney said.

Bradbeer took fourth place, finishing the invitational with a 3-over-par score of 147, while Raftery finished at 149.

“We won this event last year and we used it to springboard our way into the spring season; we expect to do the same thing this year,” Binney said.

The Lehigh Invitational concludes the golf team’s fall season, but the Bison will return this spring to compete for a Patriot League Championship.

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