After a strong showing during the tournament’s first day, the men’s golf team slipped to a 12th-place finish after Saturday’s final-round action at the Bucknell Invitational. Cornell had held the eighth spot in the 16-team field after Friday’s activities but could not hold its lead amongst a competitive field.
Junior Chris Rogalski led the squad both days with a combined 36-hole score of 152. Rogalski’s effort included a team-best 74 on Friday that put him in 10th place individually. Rogalski would finish 12th out of 80 golfers.
Other scorers for the Red were seniors Ross LaFleur (75-83-158), Justin Gatwood (81-81-162), and David Nayak (85-89-174) and freshman Andy Sliwa (80-85-165). LaFleur (t-35th) and Gatwood (t-49th) each finished in the top 50.
As a team, Cornell recorded an impressive first day mark of 310, but finished the tournament with a disappointing combined score of 327 on Saturday. The team’s overall score of 637 placed the Red behind tournament victors Binghamton (587), Loyola (608), Colgate (613), Lehigh (615), Bucknell “Blue” (618), Indiana (Pa.) (621), Mount St. Mary’s (624), Rider (626), Lafayette (631), Duquesne (633) and Susquehanna (635). Rounding out the field were Monmouth (638), Western Maryland (649), Bucknell “Orange” (649), and St. Peter’s (652).
The Bearcats displayed complete domination of the weekend, claiming all three of the top overall golfers — Joe Kunz (145), Adam Fuchs (146), and Keith Hendrickson (147).
The Red will continue its season Sept. 22-23 when the team travels to the St. Bonaventure Invitational in Olean, N.Y.
Archived article by Scott Jones