The Bison men’s golf team competed successfully at the Loyola Intercollegiate this past weekend. The competition was stacked, with several strong teams playing.
Out of the 19 teams competing at the end of day one, the Orange and Blue finished tied for sixth. One highlight of the day was the debut of Jackson Bussell ’23, who had a team-high five birdies.
The second day was led by Chris Tanabe ’21, who shot a 69 with a day free of any bogeys on the whole 18 courses. On the 17th and 18th, Tanabe shot back-to-back birdies to finish off the day strong. He was one of 12 players among the 112 to score in the 60s. Bussell had a consistent score of 1-under-71 to finish day two and sits in 11th place among the individuals.
“Our team may be smaller than in past years, but this year we have a more balanced lineup,” Tanabe said. “Every player is capable of posting sub-par rounds and, when we all play to our potential, we’re able to set records like we did last week.”
On the third and final day of competition, the Bison broke the 54-hole team record while coming in sixth place among 19 difficult teams. Tanabe and Blake Wisdom ’23 both shot impressive 68s on the final day of the Loyola Intercollegiate. The team as a whole scored a total of 5-under-par 283, the third-best 18-hole score in team history. The team also came close to beating their raw total, which was 845 from the Patriot League Championships in 2017. For these 54 holes, the Bison scored 858.
“I’m looking forward to conference in April. We have yet to play to our full potential but have been competitive with recognized programs,” Tanabe said. “I think that with two more months of practice and competition, we’ll have a great shot at bringing home a Patriot League title.”
Up next for the Bison is the Carpet Bagger Invitational in Urbana, Md. from March 21-22.