Raiders Brave Weather Conditions On Course, Finish 9th

Matthew Washuta

The Raiders braved tough weather conditions to produce a strong performance at the Colgate Invitational this past weekend. The young squad completed three challenging rounds at the Seven Oaks Golf Course. Though the team didn’t end up the victors, there were many positives from the action promising a strong future for the Colgate

golf program.

One of the team’s challenges entering the Invitational was accounting for its youth and inexperience at the collegiate level. The eight-man squad consisted of six first-years coupled with sophomore Zenon Bishop and junior Alex Lagowitz. Despite their lack of collegiate experience, however, the team was able to hold

their own.

The adverse weather conditions only added to the difficulty of the match, yet the squad kept its composure allowing it to play the very best it could given the

course conditions.

Sophomore Zenon Bishop led the way for the team despite experiencing some initial difficulties during Saturday’s round.

Bishop fired quality shots that found their way on the fairway and expertly made his way through the rough putting greens.

Given these difficult greens, Bishop had to have excellent marksmanship on the fairway to help alleviate potential struggles. His performance on the fairway is notable considering the brutal winds and rain. He finished his play at the Colgate Invitational posting a dominant 74.

Despite the weather and their lack of college-level playing experience, the first-years proved their talent on the course throughout the weekend. The first-years remained composed throughout ultimately demonstrating the kind of talent and potential they have

to offer.

First-year Ryan Allison led the way for the rookie class finishing with a stellar 78 in his debut. Allison’s strong performance ultimately earned him a strong 29th place finish out of the 74 golfers in the event.

All of the other first-years posted strong debut performances, with Chris Wilson and Robbie Yosaitis each shooting an 80. Ian Lynch, Kevin Godart and Henry Wesson rounded out the Raiders golfers by posting an 83, 83 and 85 respectively. 

These individual performances earned the team a superb ninth place finish at the Invitational. Binghamton ultimately finished as the victor by overcoming difficult conditions on the course. Individually, Jared Mactus from Lafayette took home the title finishing the three days at one under par. The Raiders will compete

once again this upcoming weekend

at the Bucknell Invitational in

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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