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College Golf - Day Two
Rider 7th 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.
"We played a lot better today,” said head coach Bob Whartenby. “We got off to an awesome start and held it until the closing holes. We improved by 13 shots over yesterday and moved up a position in the standings.”
After day two of the 54-hole tournament, Rider is in seventh place out of nine teams after shooting a 314 on Saturday. Rider opened with a 327 Friday and the Broncs have a team total of 641. The Broncs had 13 birdies, 45 pars, 22 bogeys, seven double bogeys and three quadruple bogeys in the second round.
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, sophomore Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) moved up from 41st to 22nd after a second round of (+1) 73.
Clark has eight birdies in the tournament, tied for third best of the 48 competitors and he currently has the fifth best par three scoring average (3.13).
“Cole had a great round today,” said Whartenby. “He was under par for the most part of his round, which included five birdies. It was nice to see him playing well after struggling yesterday for most of his round.”
Clark shot 85 on Friday and has a two-day total of 158.
As a Rider rookie, Clark tied for 30th place after rounds of 80-78-81 (239) at the 2012 MAAC championships.
McGrain fired an opening round 79 (+7) and had three of Rider’s seven birdies on Friday before his 81 on Saturday with Liddell scoring a 79 on Saturday after scoring +9 on the opening day.
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.
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.
McGrain has six birdies in his first two rounds at the championships.
Junior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y/Monsignor Farrell) shot an 81 on Saturday after an opening round of 83 and his two-day total of 164 puts him in 33rd 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) shot 86 on Saturday with a two-round total of 170 after an opening 18 hole score of 84.
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. Guarino is in 43rd place heading into the final round on Sunday.
Dylan Newman (Iona) and Steve Burak (Fairfield) are tied with a score of 140 after 36 holes and lead the field by four shots.
Iona College and Fairfield University are tied for the team lead (588), followed by five-time defending champion Loyola University Maryland (598). Canisius College is fourth (615), followed by Manhattan College (620) and Saint Peter’s University (620), Rider University (641), Siena College (646) and Niagara University (660).
“Hopefully tomorrow we can improve over today's round and maybe grab a top five finish,” Whartenby added.
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 Saturday evening.
The third and final round (18 holes) will be Sunday.