Bison golf teams compete as Patriot League Championships loom near

Ross Lazarus, Staff Writer

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The men’s and women’s Bison golf teams competed in tournaments on April 10-11, where the men’s team finished ninth out of 14 teams in the Finegan Invitational, and the women placed 14th out of 15 teams in the Hoya Invitational. Both teams look to improve as the Patriot League Championship fast approaches.

Even with the ninth place finish, the men’s team had some impressive individual results. Jubal Early ’19 and J.P. Raftery ’19 led the way as they both shot 75 in the first round and 78 in the second. The total score of 153 was low enough for Early and Raftery to tie for 24th place overall in the tournament. Out of 75 players, this was an excellent finish among tough competition.

Early described the challenges of playing on such an arduous course, but, despite his individual success, is still focused on the team’s outcome.

“The quick greens at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club demand precise approach shots and acute attention to detail around the greens,” Early said. “I strive to compete at my highest level in order to provide motivation for my teammates.”

On the women’s side, the Hoya Invitational, hosted by Georgetown University, supplied tough competition for the Bison. Lindsay Dodovich ’18 was the top player for the Orange and Blue in the tournament. Over three rounds, totaling 54 holes, she shot an 82, 76, and 78. Individually, this feat placed Dodovich in a tie for 40th place in an 85-person field. The team placed 14th overall, while South Florida secured the win by 10 strokes, followed by Georgetown in second.

“The better that everyone plays, the better the team will finish in the final standings,” Dodovich said. “I know that I speak for every member of the team when I say that we each put the success of the team above our personal accomplishments.”

The Bison women will travel to Saucon Valley Country Club on April 22-23 to compete in the Lehigh University hosted Patriot League Championship. They have high hopes of performing well against rival teams.

“We are going into the Patriot League Championship expecting to give a strong team effort to make a run for the title and to maintain positive attitudes throughout the weekend,” Dodovich said.

Meanwhile, the Bison men’s team will compete on April 15 at the Yale Spring Invitational, which they won last season. They will then host the Patriot League Championship at home on April 29-30. Early is enthusiastic to get back out on the course.

“I believe I speak for the entire team when I say that we are very excited to defend our title at the Yale Spring Invite. Having won their last year, we look to approach the field with a certain sense of aggression,” Early said.

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