Rider 13th of 15 teams
at Rutgers Invitational
PISCATAWAY- The Rider University golf team finished in 13th place out of 15 teams after the final round of the Rutgers Invitational.
The 54-hole competition took place Friday and Saturday at the par-71, 6,337 yard Rutgers University Golf Course in Piscataway.
Rider shot a 325 on the final 18 holes for a team total of 941 after 54-holes. The Broncs shot rounds of 310 and 306 on the first 36 holes Friday.
"Today was a lot different then yesterday," coach Bob Whartenby said. "The wind was gusting in different directions all day and the pin placements were near impossible. The scores averaged probably five shots higher than yesterday."
For Rider after the final 18 holes, junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y/Monsignor Farrell) finished tied for 47th out of 84 golfers after a final round of 80. Buttermark shot 78 and 74 on the first two rounds for a total of 232.
"James had a very up and down round today," Whartenby said. "It seemed like he just couldn't get on a roll. Every time he made a birdie he would bogey the next hole and give it back. He's hitting the ball very solid which will help him next week at Cornell where we compete against a very tough field."
Buttermark had seven birdies in the competition.
Sophomore Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) finished in a tie for 56th place and three shots behind Buttermark with a total of 235 (74-79-82).
Liddell tied for the eighth most pars with 34.
Also for the Broncs, senior Beau Guarino (Burlington Township) tied for 65th place with a final round of 82 for a total of 237 (78-77-82).
Freshman Joe Hughes (Tabernacle/Seneca) came in two shots behind Guarino with a final round of 83 and a total of 239 (80-76-73) to place 70th and senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/(W. Windsor-Plainsboro South) finished in 80th place with 250 after a final round of 81 (85-84-81).
USC Upstate came in first with a total of 874 (289-289-296). The host Scarlet Knights were runner-up (877) followed by Saint Peter's University (879), St. Thomas Aquinas (888) and Monmouth University (890).
Fairfield University (896) was sixth, followed by Fairleigh Dickinson (898), Adelphi (899), Seton Hall University (900) and Lafayette College (919).
Manhattan College was 11th (922), followed by Daemen College (934).
Wagner College finished in 14th place with a total of 957 and St. Francis College (NY) finished 15th (1.010).
Rider was 14th of 16 teams (319-320-303) with a total of 942 at Rutgers last fall, with Buttermark placing 34th after rounds of 78-76-73 (227).
Rider competes at the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca, New York September 22-23.