Buttermark 25th at Colgate

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: September 08, 2013
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Rider at Colgate Invitational – Day 2

HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Rider University golf team concluded the Colgate Invitational Sunday afternoon, finishing with a team score 319, resulting in a 13th place finish out of 14 teams after a team score of 946.

The tournament took place at the par-72, 6,950 Seven Oaks Golf Course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones.

Binghamton University won the tournament, shooting a final round of 296 and finished 16 over par for the victory.  The Bearcats had a three-round total of 880.

Rider shot a team score of 322 in round one on Saturday before coming back with a round of 305 later in the afternoon.

“The wind made the course play tougher than yesterday,” first year head coach Jason Barry said. “The team didn’t come close to playing to their potential today.”

Senior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) shot a final round 76, finishing the tournament in 25th place.  He shot a round of 79 and 73 on Saturday for a total of 228, 12 over par.  Buttermark was ninth in 2012 at this tournament after rounds of 78-74 with the 2012 tourney cut down to 36 holes due to weather.

“James would have been in contention to win the tournament if it weren’t for four bad holes,” Barry said about his senior golfer. “Today he was three over early in the round and grinded out a 76. He fights for every shot and refuses to give up. He had such a great attitude all weekend. While this wasn’t the finish he wanted, I believe this week was huge for his season. He knows he’s playing well and is just as good as anyone in any tournament he plays.”

Junior Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) shot a closing round of 83 after two rounds of 79 on Saturday. Freshman Aaron Simone (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) ended his first collegiate tournament with a round of 76 after rounds of 80 and 85 the previous day. Both golfers finished the tournament tied for 59th at 25 over par.

Sophomore Tom Yarson (Montgomery) shot an 84 on Sunday after shooting 84 and 77 on Saturday. He finished 29 over par, tied for 66th. Freshman Sam DiGaetano (Titusville/Hopewell Valley Central) finished the day with an 84 and in 70th place. He had rounds of 87 and 76 on Saturday and finished the tournament 31 over par.

“We showed a lot of positives this weekend,” Barry said. “Guys showed that they won’t quit even if they don’t have their best, which is important to me. All our guys hit some great shots and all had good stretches of holes. The big numbers and bad starts really hurt us. We will work hard to get rid of the big mistakes and continue to improve.”

Jared Mactas from Lafayette was the individual medalist by two shots with a two-day total of one under par (215), shooting rounds of 74-70-71.

Rider was eighth of nine teams at this tournament in 2012.

The Broncs next competition is on Saturday, Sept. 13-14 when they travel to the Rutgers Golf Course to take part in the Rutgers Invitational.

“I’m expecting to see us play well at Rutgers,” Barry said. “Everyone has something in their game that needs to improve and we will really work hard on those areas in practice this week. These guys are hungry; they want it. We can’t wait to get to Rutgers.”


1. Binghamton,                          303, 281, 296                            880
2. Youngstown State,                286, 295, 307                            888
3. Lehigh University,                  290, 297, 304                            891
4. Army,                                         303, 288, 301                            892
5. Bucknell University,               309, 294, 303                            906
6. St. Bonaventure,                     305, 302, 309                            916
6. Lafayette College,                  308, 301, 307                            916
8. Wagner College,                    310, 299, 310                            919
9. Colgate University,                 312, 304, 313                            928
9. Fordham University,               317, 297, 314                            928
11. Cardinal Stritch University,  311, 307, 319                            937
12. Siena College,                      316, 313, 314                            943
13. Rider University,                    322, 305, 319                            946
14. Niagara University,               323, 313, 327                            963

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