Rider 3rd at La Salle Invitational
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  03/24/2013

Luke Liddell
Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
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Rider Third of 11 at La Salle Invitational

AMBLER, Pa.--The Rider University golf team placed third at the La Salle Invitational Sunday.

The tournament, which was shortened to 18 holes due to  anticipated inclement weather Monday, was played at the 6,400 yard, par-71 Talamore Country Club.

Rider finished with a 307 in the opening event of the spring season, 11 shots behind winner Hofstra and two shots behind the host Explorers.

"We had a tough day to start our spring semester," said head coach Bob Whartenby.  "It was around 40 degrees all day with a stiff breeze.  We hung in there as a team and had one of our best finishes to date."

For the Broncs, sophomore Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge), senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/W. Windsor-Plainsboro South) and sophomore Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) all finished tied for seventh out of 63 golfers with a four-over par 75.

"Cole Evan and Luke had an overall solid day with a strong start," Whartenby said.  "They didn't let the conditions bother them and led us to a strong finish."

Clark had one of three eagles in the tournament with McGrain having the lowest par-three scoring average at 2.75.  McGrain also tied for third with four birdies.  Liddell had 11 pars, good for fourth place in the field.

Brandon Shinn from Hofstra was the medalist with an even par 71.

Also for Rider, senior Beau Guarino (Burlington Township) was tied for 29th with an 82 and junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) shot an 88 to tie for 50th.

Rider plays at the Lafayette Invitational April 8-9.

"We have Easter off and we then travel to play in the Lafayette Invitational," Whartenby added.  "That will be another good test of golf. Hopefully we get a little nicer weather and we can post some good scores."

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