September 20, 2002

Golf Tees Off at St. Bonaventure Invite

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“Tough, slick, windy, rock hard, and narrow” were among the adjectives that senior golfer Justin Gatwood used to describe the conditions the Red faced last weekend at Bucknell.

This Sunday, the golf team looks to turn some heads and regain some respect after last weekend’s less than average performance. It will be traveling to the St. Bonaventure Invitational in Olean, N.Y. for the first time in three years.

Last weekend, the Red had a slightly less than stellar outing, as it started out in 8th place after the first day, and slipped to 12th place out of 16 teams on the second and final day of the Bucknell Invitational. On a brighter note, junior Chris Ragalski mounted a team best performance with a 152 two day total (74, 78).

Gatwood described his teammate’s performance, “He’s really hot right now, and we can really use his positive energy going into this weekend.”

The Red struggled at Bucknell with team captain, and usual low scorer, Dave Nayak scratching out a two day total of 174 (85, 89).

However, the Red’s rookies have contributed to the team’s cause.

“John Patinella is among the really strong batch of freshmen that joined the team this fall, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him and some of the other freshmen post some really strong numbers and give this team some extra strength that we’ve needed,” Gatwood said.

Gatwood was also really positive about the performances of sophomore Kevin Scelfo

“He’s been really solid in practices and in the last qualifier.”

This weekend at St. Bonaventure, the Red is looking for merely improvement.

“[We want to] break the top five, and at the very least top ten, and show the other teams that we will be more serious competitors in the Ivies this season,” Gatwood said.

Archived article by Adam Zwecker