Golf off to Great Start at Bucknell Invitational

Jamie Heilbron

Last weekend the Colgate golf team began its fall campaign at the Bucknell Invitational. The team began its season on the right foot, placing third out of twelve participating teams. The Raiders finished only behind champion Bucknell University and runner-up Canisius College.

Stormy weather forced the 54-hole tournament to be cut to 36 holes, 27 of which had to be played on Saturday. Colgate shot a 300 over the first 18 holes before knocking down their stroke score by eight and earning a 292 over its next 18 holes. The Raiders were 20 shots behind Bucknell and only six behind Canisius.

Individually, Colgate received great performances from junior David Ake and senior captain Keaton Cross. They both shot a two-day total of 145, which was good enough for them to tie for sixth place among 60 golfers. On his first 18 holes, Cross carded a two-over 72, his best round since his sophomore year. Ake, a second-year player, shot a 74 during the first round, but earned a one-over 71 in the second round. First-year Ben Jessen fired a 73 in his second round to finish with 151. Sophomore Neil Thompson and senior Montek Mayal rounded out the starting five by carding a 153 and 156 respectively.

The Raiders will be competing this weekend in the Colgate Invitational, which will give the entire 10-man roster a chance to show their skills.