Buttermark 9th at Colgate / Rider 8th

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Release: September 09, 2012
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James Buttermark 9th at Colgate
Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)

College Golf
Rider 8th at Cornell Invitational

HAMILTON, N.Y.--The Rider University golf team opened the 2012 fall season at the Colgate Invitational, held at the par-72 Seven Oaks Golf Course.

The 54-hole tournament was cut down to 36 holes after severe weather cancelled the afternoon round on Saturday.

For the Broncs, junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) had a two-day total of 152 (78-74) to place ninth out of 54 golfers.  Buttermark was two shots out of a tie for second place.

"James was part of the strong finish," said head coach Bob Whartenby.  "He played his last six holes at two under par to finish with a team low 74."

Rider finished in eighth place with a 642 after team rounds of 330 Saturday and 312 on Sunday.

"Today was a big improvement," Whartenby said.  "We had a good comeback round today posting a 312.  We got off to a slow start but finished strong."

Youngstown State won the tournament by 10 strokes with a 598 (301-297) and Bill Gaffney (YSU) took home the individual title with a one under par 143 (71-72).  Gaffney won by seven shots.

Also for Rider, senior Beau Guarino (Burlington Twp.) had a 75 on Sunday after an opening round of 81 to finish with a 156, tying for 21st.

"Beau had a great first tournament posting a solid 75 today," Whartenby said.  "He looks to be a key factor in our team scores in the tournaments coming up."

Senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/W. Windsor-Plainsboro South) tied for 34th after a 162 (81-81), sophomore Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) was 50th with a 172 (90-82) and senior Chris Foster (Pittsgrove/Schalick) was 52nd with a 176 (90-86).

Colgate was the defending champion from 2010 as the tournament was cancelled due to weather last year.

Rider plays at the 54 hole Rutgers Invitational September 14-15.

"Next week we have Rutgers," Whartenby added.  "We always play well there and I'm expecting nothing different this year.  We are looking forward to it."

TEAM SCORES
1. Youngstown State, 301-297-598
2. Lehigh,                  305-303-608
3. Bucknell,               308-310-618
4. Fordham,               320-305-625
5. Le Moyne,              312-322-634
5. Ottawa,                  321-313-634
7. Colgate,                 324-315-639
8. Rider,                     330-312-642
9. Niagara,                 335-320-655

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