This past weekend, the Colgate golf team traveled to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to compete in the Bucknell Invitational. The team looked to continue its strong performance of just a week earlier, when it took home first place at the Colgate Invitational.
At the end of the first day, the tournament was led by Robert Morris, followed by host Bucknell. The Raiders were in third place heading into Sunday’s final two rounds, primarily aided by a second round of 293 shots. The team’s score was the sixth-best round in school history.
On the second day of the two-day tourney, Colgate shot solid scores all around, but was unable to overcome its deficit after Saturday’s rounds. The Raiders shot a final round of 305, pushing their two-day total to a solid 898. The score was good enough for sixth place out of twelve teams. Bucknell mimicked Colgate’s finish last weekend, as the host team took home first place in the tournament with a three-round total of 888. Robert Morris slipped in the final round, shooting a 25-over-par 305. The less-than-desirable round put the Colonials one shot behind the Bison at 889. Fordham continued its strong performance, shooting a final-round 300 for an overall score of 894.
On the individual level, the Raiders did not have quite the same success as they did at the Colgate Invitational, yet there were still several bright spots. Junior Josh Spellman and sophomore Hunter Hanson both shot well across the board this weekend, tying for 16th place. Spellman did not have any eye-opening scores, but shot consistently and scored 75-74-75. Hanson opened the tournament with a mediocre 78, but finished the weekend strong with a 72 in the
second round and a 74 on Sunday.
Sophomore Will Delano, who finished first overall at the Colgate Invitational, finished the Bucknell Invitational tied for 25th. Delano came out firing with an opening round of 70, the best single round score for any Raider at the invitational. He followed up his phenomenal round with a solid second round of 76. In the final round,
Delano slipped a bit with an 80. Despite the troublesome final round, Delano finished just two strokes behind his fellow teammates.
Colgate will return to competition next weekend, when it heads down to Ithaca to compete in the Cornell Invitational.
“The guys have been playing Seven Oaks every day to simulate next week’s course at Cornell,” Head Coach Keith Tyburski said. “They were both designed by the same architect and have similar features.”
The Cornell Invitational is the team’s last tournament this fall before the ECAC Championship in October.