Raiders Finish 3rd Led by first-year Wilson’s 218 (+8)

The Colgate men’s golf team traveled to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania this past weekend to take on eight schools and 10 teams in the Bucknell Invitational. The team brought home third place with an impressive 898 (+58) total that comfortably positioned them ahead of Bucknell’s two teams.

Colgate once again produced a lineup comprised of four first-years and one sophomore for the team competition. This lineup proved to be very successful, improving from the team’s first match by finishing ahead of both Bucknell and Lafayette, who edged Colgate the

previous weekend.

“The team played really well this weekend. Our second round score was something really special and cool to be a part of,” first-year Henry Wesson said.

The second round score was one of the best in Colgate’s history. Wesson finished his third round with a team best 74, a reuslt of his short game and the small greens at Bucknell’s course.  He shot a 77 and 75

respectively for the first two rounds. First-year Ryan Allison produced scores of 77, 71 and 78 which earned him a tie for 13th overall with fellow teammate Wesson.

Another first-year who placed well was Robbie Yosaitis, chipping in with rounds of 79, 75 and 79, consistent with the team’s overall success. First-year Ian Lynch competed individually this weekend shooting scores of 80, 80 and 75, really coming through strong on the

final day.

First-year Chris Wilson had an incredible first two rounds posting scores of 72 and 69 which gave him a two shot lead over the next closest individual going into the final day. After a final round 77, Wilson still managed to finish 5th overall in the Invitational.

Junior Julien Marchand of Laval won the Invitational by a mere two strokes.”Wilson played really well this weekend, and to be leading after 36 in his second collegiate event was very impressive,” sophomore Zenon Bishop said.

Bishop posted scores of 77, 72 and 79 over the weekend, and looks forward to stepping up with junior Alex Lagowitz as “role models and team leader[s]” on this otherwise very young team.

“The transition [to college competition] has been pretty easy” Lagowitz said, especially for the young guys which has been apparent in the scores they have turned in thus far.

The team’s total score of 898 is a big improvement compared to last week’s 64 over par total, and the team looks to be gaining momentum as they head into their next match.

The golf team heads to Ithaca this coming Saturday for the Cornell Invitational, where Colgate hopes to continue its success and improve.

Despite the great performance this weekend, “we didn’t play as well as we could have, and hopefully can use this [tournament] as a stepping stone for better things the rest of the year,”

Lagowitz said.

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