Golf Competes at the Doc Gimmler Invitational: Secures Ninth Place Finish and Posts Record Performance


Junior Armando Oliveri records his lowest single round score since joining the team in the fall of 2014. Oliveri shot a 71 and 70 in his final two days of the tournament. 

This past weekend the men’s golf team competed in the annual Doc Gimmler Invitational downstate in Farmingdale, NY at the Bethpage State Park Red Course. Members of the team posted record performances for the second straight year. In only his second tournament, first-year Ryan Skae finished in seventh place overall, with a score of two under par (208) for the combined three rounds, breaking the previous Colgate 54-hole total of 211 set by Jesse Smith ’03 during the 2002 Patriot League Championship.

 As a team, the Raiders finished ninth out of 13 teams, with a combined score of 21-over par, totaling 861. This score also broke the team’s 54-hole scoring record by one stroke, whereas last year’s team recorded a 22-over par 862 during this same event. Colgate’s second round score of 281 also broke the old team mark of 285 set at last year’s event. 

In addition, the score of 21-over for the weekend tied for second on Colgate’s all time marks in relation to par for a 54-hole tournament. The team’s best performance ever collectively was 19-over par at the 2014 Connecticut Cup.

While first-year Ryan Skae stole the show for the Raiders, veterans such as senior Ryan Allison and junior Armando Oliveri also performed strongly. Allison recorded a score of 69 in his second round, posting a final mark of four-over par for the weekend and finishing tied for 28th. In the process, Allison notched one of only six eagles recorded in the tournament during his round Saturday, helping him to a 5-under total on par-5 holes for the three rounds. 

On the other hand, Oliveri successfully climbed the leaderboard, moving from 76th to 60th to 46th after beginning the tournament, with a first–round score of 80, followed by a 71 and 70 in the final two rounds of play. The score of 70 was a collegiate best for Oliveri, who was second on the team for the weekend with eight birdies, and played the par-5 holes at one-under par. First-year Andrew Huber finished tied for 56th, posting a three round score of 12-over par, while fellow first-year Quinn McGinley finished tied for 73rd, recording a score of 21-over par for the weekend.

 The Raiders are certainly a young team, with four of their seven players being first-year rookies. The team will travel to Ithaca, NY next week to compete in the Cornell Invitational and hope to keep the momentum going for the 2016-2017 campaign.