Yarson 19th at Cornell

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: September 22, 2013
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College Golf
Rider 11th of 15 at Cornell Invitational 

ITHACA, N.Y. – After rain postponed the completion of the second round on Saturday, the Rider University golf team finished their second and third round in the sunshine.

The Broncs finished 11th out of 15 teams (927) at the Cornell Invitational, hosted by the par 71, 6,904 yard Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca, N.Y.

Towson University won the tournament with a final score of 895.

“We played better as a team this afternoon,” head coach Jason Barry said. “We obviously would have liked to play better, but we played a lot of solid golf. With the exception of Tom and Cole, we struggled to get in a good rhythm this morning.”

Sophomore Tom Yarson (Montgomery) had the strongest rounds for the Broncs, shooting 75, 74 and 78 throughout the tournament. Yarson finished tied as the 19th best golfer out of 77 in the tournament with a three round total of 227.

“Yarson is an absolute fighter,” Barry said. “He struggled in the third round but I love the way he plays golf.”

Yarson also had the fifth best par-five average score with a 4.89 (-1).

Freshman Sam DiGaetano (Titusville/Hopewell Valley Central) turned in a first round score of 77, second round 80 and third round 78 for a 235-stroke total. DiGaetano finished the tournament tied for 42nd.

Junior Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) opened round one with an 86, but was able to pull his score back into contention in the second (76) and third (74) rounds for a total of 236. Clark finished tied for 46th, 20 spots better than his previous finish in this tournament last season.

“Cole bounced back with very solid rounds this morning and afternoon,” Barry said about the junior. “He’s a very creative player and is great at understanding how his game works.”

Senior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y/Monsignor Farrell) finished the tournament tied for 51st. Buttermark had rounds of 77, 84 and 77, finishing better then he did in the Cornell Invitational last season when he was 57th.

Freshman Aaron Simone (Niskayuna) completed the day tied for 56th after rounds of 80, 81 and 78 for a three round total of 239.

“It was a grind out there and we proved again that we won’t quit,” Barry said about his determined team. “This team fights hard and will continue to improve. They are a great group of guys to be around.”

Rider finished 12th of 13 teams in this tournament last year.

Rider had the fifth most birdies in the tournament with 29.

The Broncs have a week off before traveling to Apalachin, N.Y. for the Binghamton Fall Invitational on Oct. 6-7.

“We will work hard on individual weaknesses and continue to get better,” Barry said about preparing for the next tournament. “I really like the direction that we are headed in.”


1. Towson University     305, 292, 298  895
2. Drexel University       302, 299, 299  900
3. Cornell University       305, 297, 300  902
4. Dartmouth College     305, 297, 301  903
5. Binghamton University 300, 299, 310 909
5. Colgate University     306, 299, 304  909
7. Canisius                    305, 305, 301  911
8. Bucknell University     308, 296, 313 917
9. Siena College            308, 298, 316 922
10. St. Bonaventure       307, 302, 315 924
11. Rider University       309, 311, 307 927
12. Fordham University 314, 311, 310 935
13. Lafayette College     320, 310, 320 950
14. University of Ottawa 323, 322, 306 951
15. Cornell B                  316, 317, 325  958

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