Rider at Cornell Invitational - Day One
HAMILTON, N.Y.--Neither rain nor sleet nor threat of tornado will keep the Rider University golf team from its appointed rounds.
Rider opened the 2012 fall golf season at the Colgate Invitational, held at the par-72 Seven Oaks Golf Course.
The opening round was completed while under a tornado watch, with winds gusting over 30 miles per hour and the second round was cancelled Saturday afternoon.
After the opening round, Rider is in eighth place out of nine teams with a 330.
For the Broncs, junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) had a 78 and is tied for 21st after the opening 18 holes.
"Well today was the only round I've been involved with playing under a tornado watch most of the day," said head coach Bob Whartenby. "The wind was blowing between 20 to 35 mph all day with mix of rain. It was really tough out there. We hit the ball well but really struggled on the greens as a team. I think it was a mix of nerves and the hard blowing wind. James also struggled on the greens but hung in there to post a team low 78."
Senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/W. Windsor-Plainsboro South) and senior Beau Guarino (Burlington Twp.) each shot an 81 and are tied for 30th and senior Chris Foster (Pittsgrove/Schalick) and sophomore Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) each scored a 90 and are tied for 51st.
The final round of the now 36 hole tournament is Sunday.
"Tomorrow it's supposed to be calmer," Whartenby added. "I expect us to clean up our putting and post a much lower score."
Youngstown State shot 13 over par 301 to lead second-place Lehigh (305) by four shots. Bucknell (308), Le Moyne (312) and Fordham (320) round out the top five.
Colgate is the defending champion from 2010 as the tournament was cancelled due to weather last year.