Rider at Colgate Invitational – Day 1
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- The Rider University golf team opened the 2013 season at the 54-hole Colgate Invitational, held at Seven Oaks Golf Course on this weekend. The Broncs played the first 36 holes of the par 72 course on Saturday and will conclude the final 18 holes on Sunday.
The Broncs finished Saturday in 12th place out of the 14-team pool with a team score of 627. Youngstown State currently leads with a team score of 581.
Rider shot an opening score of 322. The Broncs were able to drop 17 strokes to finish the second round with a 305.
“We had a tough first nine holes as a team,” first year head coach Jason Barry said. “Nobody gave up and they grinded out scores in the morning round. While the scores in the morning were mediocre, they could have been a lot worse.”
Senior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) opened the day with a round of 79, and lowered his score by six strokes in the second round, finishing with a 73. He is currently tied for 27th out of 74 golfers.
“James was extremely impressive today,” Barry said about his senior captain. “He played his first nine holes nine over par before playing the back nine two under to shoot 79. He shot 73 in the afternoon and played extremely well. He showed a never-quit attitude and the reason why he is the captain of this team.”
Junior Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) shot 79 in both rounds on Saturday and is tied for 53rd.
“The team took the momentum into the afternoon and played much better,” Barry said about his team’s improved score. “They showed a lot of heart and refused to give up. We’re feeling good about tomorrow.”
Sophomore Tom Yarson (Montgomery) had an opening round 84 and a second round 77 and is tied for 61st. Freshman Sam DiGaetano (Titusville/Hopewell Valley Central) finished with an opening round of 87 and a second round of 76 and is in 68th place.
Freshman Aaron Simone (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) shot an opening round of 80 for the Broncs and concluded his day with a second round of 85 and is tied for 70th.
“The guys played the last nine holes of the morning round very solid,” Barry said. “They became more comfortable with the course while adjusting to playing in their first tournament of the year. They were able to carry that momentum into the second round. Seeing the course in the morning also helped the afternoon scores.”
The Broncs conclude the tournament Sunday morning with the final 18 holes.