at Princeton Invitational Day 1
Rider 14th of 14 teams after first two rounds
PRINCETON, NJ--The Rider University men’s golf team is competing at the Princeton Invitational this weekend.
The 54-hole competition is being held Saturday and Sunday at the Springfield par 71-6,390 yard Golf Course.
After rounds of 310 and 325, the Bronc men are in 14th place (635) of 14 teams after day one in a competitive field of teams.
“We knew coming into this tournament that it’s the toughest field we compete in all year. We’re privileged to play in the Princeton Invitational. I'm hoping we can have a great final round to boost us into our conference championship,” head coach Bob Whartenby said.
For the Broncs, sophomore Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) and senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/WW-P South) ended the first two rounds tied for 58th place after shooting identical rounds of 74 and 82 for a total of 156.
“Luke (Liddell) had a good day today. His first round he shot 74 with a triple on an easy par five,” Whartenby said, “It was great to see him forget about the hole and grind out a good round of golf. Evan (McGrain) really had it going in the morning round. He was under par for most of it but had a couple of bad breaks down the stretch.”
Also for the Broncs, sophomore Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) finished tied for 66th place (81-80-161), junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y/Monsignor Farrell) finished tied for 68th place (81-81-162) and senior Beau Guarino (Burlington Township) finished in 75th place (84-82-166).
The third round will begin Sunday morning.
“We had a pretty good first round today. We had a couple of bad holes in the beginning of our rounds but we came back to post a respectable number,” Whartenby said, “We did the same in the second round at the start but didn't have the strong finish that we had in the first round.”