Rider 12th of 13th teams after Day One
15th Annual Cornell Invitational
ITHACA, N.Y.--The Rider University golf team is in 12th place of 13 teams after the opening round at the Cornell Invitational.
The tournament is taking place at the par-72, 6,890 yard Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca.
The tournament was originally scheduled to consist of 54-holes, but a five hour rain delay caused the competition to be shortened to 36-holes with the final round on Sunday.
The Broncs finished the first 18 holes with a team total of 319.
"Today was another tough day," said head coach Bob Whartenby. "It took us 11 hours to play one round of golf. We had a five hour rain delay which almost made the course unplayable. We got off to a good start on the first nine holes in the gusty winds this morning before the rain, but we struggled to adjust after the long delay in the afternoon."
For Rider after round one, junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y/Monsignor Farrell) is tied for 40th out of 75 golfers after a round of 79. Senior Beau Guarino (Burlington Township) finished tied with Buttermark with 79, a team best.
"James and Beau played okay," Whartenby said. "They were very consistent and grinded every shot out to the end. They both had a few more three putts than they wanted which held them back to go really low."
The Broncs are just two shots behind Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Siena, who are in 11th place with a team total of 317.
Also for the Broncs, senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/W. Windsor-Plainsboro South) ended the day tied for 48th place after a round of 80.
St. Bonaventure University (294) finished the round in first place, three shots ahead of Binghamton University (297). Fordham University is in third with a team total of 299, one shot ahead of Bucknell University after a team round of 301. MAAC rival Canisius College (301) is in fifth place.
The host Big Red finished the day in sixth place with a team total of 303.
Lafayette College is seventh (304) and the University of Ottawa (308) is in eighth. Brown University is currently in ninth place after a round of 309, and Colgate University (314) is in 10th.
The Cornell B squad is in 13th shooting a round of 336.
The final 18 holes are Sunday, beginning at 8:00 am.
"Sunday is supposed to be clear but cold so hopefully we get off to a similar start and just continue to the finish," Whartenby added.
The Broncs finished 14th out of 14 teams at last year's Cornell Invitational.