McGrain 6th at Peacock Invitational
Rider 7th of 12 at the Metro Honda Peacock Invitational
NESHANIC STATION—In the final tune up before the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships, the Rider University golf team finished seventh of 12 teams at the Metro Honda Peacock Invitational, hosted by Saint Peter’s University at the par 72, 7,016 yard Neshanic Valley Golf Club.
Rider finished with a team score of 309.
“We did pretty well under really tough conditions,” said head coach Bob Whartenby. “It never got above 47 degrees the entire day with 15-20 mile per hour winds. It wasn’t fun to be out on the course but the guys hung in there.”
MAAC-rival Fairfield won the tournament (297) with Central Connecticut and Monmouth finishing in a tie for second place with a 301.
For Rider, senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/W. Windsor-Plainsboro South) tied for sixth place out of 63 golfers with a 73, finishing one shot out of the lead.
“Evan played great,” Whartenby said. “He made a few mistakes down the stretch or his score could have been even lower. Hopefully this will give him some momentum heading into the MAAC championship. I gave him a putting tip last week and that seems to have helped.”
Also for the Broncs, junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) tied for 20th with a five-over par 77.
“James is coming around,” Whartenby said. “He had a rough start to the semester but is playing better.”
Sophomore Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) scored a 79 to finish tied for 30th, freshman Joe Hughes (Tabernacle/Seneca) tied for 34th with an 80 and sophomore Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) tied for 60th with an 88.
“Luke had a strong round of 79,” said Whartenby. He has been our most consistent player, really all year.”
The MAAC championships take place April 26-28 at Disney’s Palm Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.