Men’s Golf Finishes 11th at Coca-Cola Invitational

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Men's Golf headed down to North Myrtle Beach and placed 11th out of 16 at the tournament there.

Abby Waxler

The Colgate men’s golf team participated in their first tournament of the spring season from March 13-14. The team traveled to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where they competed in the Bash at the Beach. Sixteen teams competed, and the Raiders took 11th place with a final score of 66-over 918, just one stroke behind Fairleigh Dickinson, who took the 10th spot.

Junior Armando Olivieri III led the team as Colgate’s individual tournament leader.  He posted a 15-over 228, which put him in a tie for 39th place. Olivieri also led the Raiders with 32 pars and seven birdies. First-year Ryan Skae posted a three-over 74, his best score of the tournament, matching Olivieri’s second-round total for the lowest rounds of the tournament. First-year Andrew Huber shot 78 to tie for 49th. Additionally, his score of 18-over 231 made this tournament his second best of his career. To close out Colgate’s top-three scorers, first-year Alejo Soto finished in a tie for 52nd with a score of 19-over 232. Soto and Skae tied for second with birdies, both racking up six during the tournament. Additional key players were junior Scott Adams, sophomore Freddie Sexton, senior Ian Lynch and first-year Quinn McGinley.  All placed within the top 87 individuals of the tournament.

This past week, March 27-28, the men’s golf team traveled to Malvern, Pennsylvania, where they competed in the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Villanova University. The Raiders placed ninth out of 19 teams with a final score of 24-over 592. Leading the Raiders again was Olivieri with the top score for the Raiders, posting a three-over 145. This was his second-best performance of the season, and this score put him 21st in the tournament. He also tied for the tournament-high four birdies, and was second with 25 pars. Additionally, Olivieri led the Raiders in par-five scoring at two-under, and tied for the team lead in par-four scoring at three-over.

Soto also perfomed well this weekend, placing at a personal best of 25th. He

finished the tournament with a four-over 146. Soto led the Raiders with 26 pars and tied for third with three birdies. His performances on both the par-three (even) and par-four (+three) holes put him in a tie for team honors. Skae saw significant improvement since the last tournament, jumping 10 places on the leaderboard. Skae posted an eight-over 150 and placed 48th. He played the par-three holes in two over par and finished the tournament with four birdies, matching him with team honors.

Huber and Adams both scored 14-over 156, sharing 85th place, although they each performed better in opposite rounds (Huber with 81-75-156 and Adams with 76-80-156). Huber played the par-three holes in one-over par, while Adams played them in even, sharing the team honors. Lowest score rounds were played by Olivieri, who posted 72- and 73-stroke rounds, and Soto and Skae, who each played a 73-stroke round. Not too far behind, Huber and Adams each played a 75- and 76-stroke round, respectively.

The Raiders will look to begin a new top-10 streak off their ninth place win as they head to Hellertown, PA. They are competing in the Lafayette Spring Invitational April 2-3.