Rider at Jasper Invitational
HUNTINGTON. N.Y.—In the final event of the fall 2013 season, the Rider University golf team competed at the Jasper Invitational, hosted by Manhattan College Monday afternoon.
“We didn’t play well today,” said Jason Barry, in his first season as head coach. “A few of the guys made big numbers on a couple of the last holes that hurt us.”
The event was held at the par-70, 6,432 yard Huntington Country Club in New York.
For the Broncs, junior Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) tied for seventh out of 22 golfers after shooting 76, including a 37 on the opening nine holes.
“Luke played very solid the entire day,” Barry said. “He finished with a double bogey on the last hole or he would have been lower than the 76 he shot.”
Also for Rider, sophomore Joe Hughes (Tabernacle/Seneca) tied for 11th with a 78, senior James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y/Monsignor Farrell) tied for 13th with a round of 80, freshman Sam DiGaetano (Titusville/Hopewell Valley Central) shot an 81 to tie for 16th and junior Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) tied for 21st with an 84.
“We had a productive fall,” Barry added. “We made a lot of progress as a team. We shot our lowest score as a team in four seasons on three different occasions this fall. We are excited to see what we do this coming spring. Everyone on the team showed improvement and as a group, we had fun together. We fought for every stroke this fall. We are grinders; we never quit and as a coach, that was awesome to watch. They played with a lot of heart every time it was time to tee it up."
Hofstra took the team title with a 299, followed by Manhattan (304), Wagner (313) and Rider (315).
Eric Mathias of Wagner College was the medalist by four shots, shooting an even par 70.
Rider continues the 2013-14 season in March.
“We are looking forward to working hard during the off season,” Barry said. “We want to win tournaments, it is the reason we prepare and the reason we compete.”