Rider University at Rutgers Invitational – Day 1
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – After a 13th place finished last week at the Colgate Invitational, the Rider University golf team traveled to another local “R.U.” to participate in the Rutgers Invitational, held at the Rutgers Golf Course, September 13-14.
The Broncs played the first 36 holes on Friday and will complete the tournament on Saturday.
Rider shot a first round team score of 300 and second round score of 299, ending the day in 12th place (599) out of the 17-team tournament. Rutgers University is the current leader with a day one score of 571.
“We actually played better in the morning than we did in the afternoon,” first year head coach Jason Barry said about his team’s performance. “In the morning we had a tough time closing our rounds but we played very well. In the afternoon, guys struggled early with the exception of senior James Buttermark, but they worked hard to get back into their rounds.”
Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y/Monsignor Farrell) shot an opening round 74 and a second round of 72. He is tied for 22nd place at the end of day one out of 90 golfers. Buttermark finished 25th at the Colgate Invitational last week.
Buttermark had one of 10 eagles in the opening 36 holes of the tournament, tied for the second best par five average (4.50) and tied for the 20th best par four scoring average (4.17) out of the 90 golfers.
Junior Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) opened the first round with a 79. He finished the day on a better note, closing with a round of 74 and is tied for 65th place.
“Liddell fought all afternoon for every stroke and his round came up big for us,” Barry said.
Sophomore Tom Yarson (Montgomery) began with a round of 75 and ended the day with a round of 74. He is tied for 35th place. Freshman Aaron Simone (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) opened the day with a round of 74 before finishing with a second round of 79, leaving him tied for 65th place.
“Aaron and Tom are both extremely talented golfers,” Barry said about the younger members of the team. “Both are fighters that want to do whatever they can to make themselves better. They work hard, have a positive attitude and will continue to improve.”
Junior Cole Clark (CalifonVoorhees) started the tournament with a round of 77 before ending the day with a round of 80, leaving him tied for 76th at the end of day one.
Clark tied for the 16th best par three scoring average (3.10) on Friday.
“The goal for tomorrow is to eliminate the big numbers,” Barry said. “We had a bunch of them as a team today. If we play solid and get rid of those mistakes, we can take it really low tomorrow.”
The Broncs complete the final 18 holes tomorrow morning.