Rider at the La Salle Invitational
AMBLER, Pa.--The Rider University golf team played round one of the La Salle Invitational golf tournament Sunday and finished the day in ninth place out of 12 teams after shooting an opening round 326.
"Today was a really tough day," said head coach Bob Whartenby. "It was about 42 degrees when we teed off and didn't warm up much. Our guys got off to a rough start. It was a shot gun start and we had to start on the toughest stretch of holes on the course. I'm proud of the guys for coming back on the easy holes. Hopefully they can improve the scores from today on Monday."
The venue for the 36-hole invitational is the par 71, 6,400 yard course at the Talamore Country Club.
Both Buttermark and Cole shot a 78 on the first 18 holes.
"James and Cole had solid rounds but very different," Whartenby added. "James shot a 45 on his first nine holes and his last nine at two under par while Cole had the more consistent 39-39 for his 78. Hopefully they can post two good scores for us tomorrow to finish in the top 10."
Clark and Buttermark each had three birdies on the day.
Also for Rider, freshman Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) finished the day in a tie for 38th place shooting an 83.
Liddell had the sixth most pars (11) on day one.
Senior Chris Wolak (Issaquah, Wash./Hopkinton) is tied for 45th place with a score of 87 and junior Chris Foster (Pittsgrove/Schalick) sits in a three way tie for 52nd place after an opening round of 88.
Wolak is third in par three scoring with a 3.00 average.
The first place spot in the tournament thus far is held by Fordham's Jason Del Rosso who shot a one under par 70, the only golfer to break par.
In the team competition, Fordham owns the top spot after day one, shooting 300.
As a team, Rider is fifth in par three scoring (3.50) with the Broncs having the fifth most birdies with seven.
The final day of the tournament will be Monday with a 10am shot gun start.