Golf Finishes Fall Season 16th at Lincoln Mercury Invitational

Matt Flannery

This past weekend, the Colgate men’s golf team traveled down to Bedminster, New Jersey to compete in the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate Invitational. Relative to its consistent play so far this season, the team disappointed, stumbling into a 16th place finish out of 18 total.

Colgate struggled right out of the gate, shooting a first round of 321 as a team. On the second day of the tournament, the team made somewhat of a recovery, shooting a second round of 312, which brought the team’s two day total to 638 (+57).

The tournament was won handedly by Binghamton University, who shot 587 (298-289) on the weekend. Temple University shot consistently en route to a second place finish, posting team scores of 296 on both the first and second days.

Villanova took home third place in the invitational with a total of 599 (300-299), while tournament host Seton Hall took fourth place, finishing 16 strokes off the lead.

The Raiders’ 16th place finish was easily their worst competition since September 25, when the team placed 11th at the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca.

Despite the rough overall finish, some in­dividuals on the team played solid rounds to close out their official season. Junior captain Ben Jessen finished the tournament tied for 38th place. Jessen stumbled a bit in the first day of the tournament, shooting a 79. On the second day however, he appeared to be a bit more comfortable, firing away to the tune of a 76.

Sophomore teammate Hunter Hanson also wrapped up his season with a bang, finishing the tournament with a 157 (80-77). Fellow sophomore Will Delano was the third-best Raider of the weekend, and was easily the most consistent. Delano closed out his season with a pair of 80s, totaling +16.

Overall, the Raiders recorded a first, sixth, eleventh and sixteenth-place finish through the fall season, respectively.