Rider at Lafayette Invitational – Day One
Broncs 12th of 19
EASTON, Pa.—The Rider University golf team is competing at the 11th annual Lafayette Invitational April 7-8 at the Northampton Country Club.
After Sunday’s opening round at the par 72, 6,393 yard course, Rider is in 12th place out of 19 teams after a team score of 314.
“Today was a beautiful day but the wind was up, which made the course play really tough,” said head coach Bob Whartenby. “We had a great start to our rounds through nine holes but limped in down the stretch to post our 314 score. Hopefully with calmer conditions tomorrow we can improve on our score from today.”
For Rider, senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/W. Windsor-Plainsboro South) shot an opening round of one over par (73) and he is in third place out of105 golfers, one shot behind Christopher Crawford (Drexel) and Brandon Shin (Hofstra) who each shot an even par 72.
“Evan played great all day,” Whartenby said. “He was consistent off the tee which made it easier for his approach shots. He has a great chance of being in contention tomorrow if a couple of more putts drop for him.”
Also for the Broncs, sophomore Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) shot a 78 and is tied for 37th place, senior Beau Guarino (Burlington Twp.) scored an 81 and is tied for 62nd, junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) shot an 82 and is tied for 70th and sophomore Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) finished with an 83 and sits tied for 76th place.
In the team competition, Saint Peter's is in first place with a 302, followed by Lehigh and Central Connecticut (303), with Army and Monmouth tied for fourth (304).
Drexel and Hofstra are tied for sixth (307), with Fairleigh Dickinson eighth (308), Lafayette 'B' ninth (311) and Iona 10th at 312.
The final 18-holes are Monday, beginning with a shot gun start at 9am.