16th at Lafayette Invitational
Rider at Lafayette Invitational
Broncs 16th of 19
EASTON, Pa.—The Rider University golf team competed at the 11th annual Lafayette Invitational April 7-8 at the Northampton Country Club.
Rider placed 16th out of 19 teams after a 329 on Monday. The Broncs shot an opening round of 314 at the par 72, 6,393 yard course and finished with a two-day total of 643.
“Today was a tough day,” said head coach Bob Whartenby. “We had beautiful conditions and we got off to an horrible start. Then once we starting playing better we just caught every bad break. It was just one of those days where everything went wrong. Hopefully we can learn from this and fight extra hard for every shot.”
For Rider, senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/W. Windsor-Plainsboro South) finished tied for 43rd after a round of 85 on Monday for a total of 158. McGrain entered play in third place after an opening round of 73 on Sunday.
“Evan struggled today,” Whartenby said. “He was in third place going into the final round. He got off to a solid start and then starting catching some bad breaks that kept multiplying throughout the day. He stayed professional the whole round even during his struggles which is very commendable.”
Also for the Broncs, sophomore Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) tied for 50th after rounds of 78-81 (159), senior Beau Guarino (Burlington Twp.) scored 161 (81-80) and tied for 61st, junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) tied for 82nd (82-64) with a total of 166 and sophomore Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) finished with 167 after rounds of 83 and 84 to tie for 86th place.
In the team competition, Lehigh finished first with a score of 597, followed by Drexel (604), Iona (605), Central Connecticut (607) with Army and Hofstra tying for fifth place (610).
Rider competes at the Princeton Invitational April 13-14.
“This weekend we have the Princeton Invitational,” Whartenby added. “This is our last big tournament before Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships with a tough field. I'm hoping to show signs of improvement heading into Orlando in a couple of weeks.”