Broncs open MAAC Championships Friday morning

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: April 20, 2017
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Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – The Rider University men’s golf team begins play in the MAAC Championships on Friday, April 21. Seeded seventh, the Broncs are looking to improve upon their third-place finish in 2016. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be held at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course. Live scoring will be available throughout the weekend, while live video coverage of Sunday’s Championship Round will be available on ESPN3 at 10 a.m.

A year ago, the Broncs shook off a rough Day 1 (310) to charge all the way to third with a 299 in the second round and a 293 on Day 3. Likewise, then-junior Parker Mann (Blauvelt, NY/Tappan Zee [Seton Hall]) improved in each round to finish tied for ninth at eight-over for the tournament. 

Mann will be joined by fellow seniors Aaron Simone (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) and Sam DiGaetano (Titusville, NJ/Hopewell Valley Central) and freshmen Jake Sollon (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) and Eder Moreno (Madrid, Spain/Lander/Saint Helena) in this weekend’s line-up. The freshmen have led the way of late, both posting a three-under 69 in the first round of this past weekend’s VGA/UConn Collegiate Invitational. Moreno led the Broncs with a three-round score of 221 (+5), while Sollon was just a stroke back at 222 (+6). 

Simone and DiGaetano both finished tied for 18th in last year’s Championships, shooting 229 (+13), while Simone also finished 20th in 2015 and 15th in 2014.  The Broncs have never won the MAAC Golf Championships, but finished as runner-up in 2008. 
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