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College Golf - Day One
Rider 8th of 9 at MAAC Championships
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.--The Rider University golf team is participating at the three-day Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships in Florida Friday through Sunday.
After day one of the 54-hole tournament, Rider is in eighth place out of nine teams after shooting a 327. The Broncs had seven birdies, 39 pars, 32 bogeys, nine double bogeys and two triple bogeys on Friday.
"It was a tough start to our championship today," said head coach Bob Whartenby. "The whole day we looked tight and nervous. We showed some signs of coming back on the back nine but it was a little to late. Hopefully we can loosen up tomorrow and come back with a score I know we can shoot."
The 48 player tournament is being held at Disney’s Palm Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a par-72, 7,011 yard venue.
For Rider, senior Evan McGrain (West Windsor/W. Windsor-Plainsboro South) is in 25th place after firing an opening round 79 (+7). McGrain had three of Rider’s seven birdies on the day.
"Evan was our low man with a 79 and it could've been way better," said Whartenby. "He made a couple of mistakes on easy holes that cost him a 75 or 76."
McGrain entered play 30th in the MAAC and averaged 80.46 in 13 rounds this season. McGrain shot a low round of 73 twice this season, at the Lafayette Invitational and at the Peacock Invitational, finishing one shot out of a tie for the lead.
Sophomore Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) shot a nine over par 81 and is in 29th place after the opening round.
Liddell was 31st in the conference entering the championship and averaged 81.07 in 15 rounds this season. Liddell’s low round of the season came at the La Salle Invitational where he tied for seventh place after scoring a 75.
As a rookie, Liddell was 42nd after a three-round total of 258 at the 2012 MAAC championships. Liddell shot 85 on the final day after opening with rounds of 80 and 93.
Junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y/Monsignor Farrell) shot an 83 (+11) and is in 36th place.
Last season, Buttermark was 22nd at the MAAC championships (231) after earning All-MAAC honors with a seventh place finish (230) as a Rider rookie.
Bronc senior Beau Guarino (Burlington Township) was 12 over par with an 84 on Friday and is in 40th place. Guarino has averaged 79.80 in 15 rounds this season with a low round of 74 at the Binghamton Invitational. Guarino’s best finish of the season was 21st out of 54 competitors at the Cornell Invitational.
Sophomore Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) finished with an opening round of 85 (+13) on Friday after three birdies, five pars, five bogeys, four double bogeys and a triple bogey and is in 41st place. As a Rider rookie, Clark tied for 30th place after rounds of 80-78-81 (239) at the 2012 MAAC championships.
Dylan Newman (Iona) leads the field after a four under par 68. Newman leads by one shot over Steve Burak (Fairfield) who shot a 69 with Andrew Graham (Iona) and Brian McCormick (Loyola) two shots back after rounds of 70.
Iona College (287) leads the field, followed by Fairfield University (293) and five-time defending champion Loyola University Maryland (297). Canisius College is fourth (306), Manhattan College (310), Saint Peter’s University (312), Siena College (322), Rider University (327) and Niagara University (329).
Last season, Rider finished eighth of nine teams with a team score of 953 after rounds of 314-316-323.
In 2011, Rider was eighth of nine teams with a three-round total of 977 (328-326-323).
In 2010, Rider was third (302-312-300) with a score of 914 and in 2009, the Broncs were sixth (941) after rounds of 304, 319 and 318.
In 2008, Rider was the runner-up with scores of 303-295-295, for a total of 893 and the Broncs were fifth in 2007 (921) with rounds of 306, 301 and 326.
Highlights of the opening round, produced by ESPN, are expected to be available on MAAC.TV Friday evening.
The second round (18 holes) is Saturday with the final 18 holes Sunday.