Rider finishes 15th at Penn Invitational
Individual Standings will be posted Tuesday
PINE HILL, N.J.-The Rider University golf team competed at the Penn Invitational, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and the Broncs finished 15th out of 16 teams at the one day, 36-hole competition Monday.
Bronc sophomore James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y/Monsignor Farrell) shot rounds of 84 and 79 for a 36-hole total of 163, finishing 37th out of 85 golfers.
"Today was tough day weather wise," said head coach Bob Whartenby. "We teed off at 8:30 in the morning when it was 38 degrees with the wind blowing 20 to 30 miles per hour. It's just really hard to play golf when it's those conditions. We had consistent scoring which left us in the middle of the pack after round one. Conditions worsened in the afternoon round and we struggled overall except for James who posted a solid 79."
Individually, Penn freshman Austin Powell took medalist honors; he shot 76-71 (147) to defeat IUPUI's Michael Powell by four strokes.
The tournament was played at the Trump National Philadelphia located in Pine Hill, N.J. The course, a Tom Fazio design, plays at par-71 with a distance of 7,370 yards from the championship tees.
Also for Rider, freshman Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) finished the tournament with a score of 172 (84/88), tying for 62nd with teammates, senior Chris Wolak (Issaquah, Wash./Hopkinton) 86-86 (172) and freshman Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) (85-87-172).
Junior Chris Foster (Pittsgrove/Schalick) shot 182 (89/93), placing 76th.
Rider finished with a team total of 679 after rounds of 339 and 340. The tournament was won by IUPUI (613) with the host Quakers placing second by one shot (614). Princeton (634), Iona (634) and Lehigh (638) rounded out the top five.
The Broncs compete at the Princeton Invitational April 14-15.
"We have Easter weekend off and we go back to work at the Princeton Invitational which always has a tough field," Whartenby added. "I'm hoping for better weather this time around so we can gain some confidence for the fast approaching Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship."
Rider travels to Lake Buena Vista, Florida for the MAAC championships April 27-29.