While most students returned to classes yesterday after a beautiful weekend, the Cornell golf team returned to the Bartlett Country Club golf course yesterday morning to take third place overall in the 19th annual Leo Keenan St. Bonaventure Invitational.
After the first round on Sunday, the Red were seventh in a fourteen-team field with a team score of 301, 21 strokes above par and just four shots above the two teams in fifth place. Senior Bret Perry led Cornell with a 73 after the first day, followed closely by sophomore Robert Cronheim’s 74. Both were among the top-20 players at the tournament after the first day.
“Yesterday [Sunday] we got off to a rocky start,” Perry said. “[The team was] quite happy with how [yesterday] went.”
After the second round concluded, Cornell had climbed from seventh place to take third place overall in the tournament with a total score of 587, seven shots behind first-place St. Bonaventure and just two shots off Duquesne’s pace.
The St. Bonaventure invitational marked the beginning of the season for the Red.
“I really think that getting one tournament under our belts was beneficial,” Perry said.
In particular, he mentioned that the team was proud of the impressive performances of younger players on the team.
By the end of the second round, Cronheim ended by tying the Bonnies’ Nathan Peck for the second lowest score in the tournament, shooting a round-two 68 for a tournament of total 142.
Two other Cornell players also finished in the top-20, with freshman Matthew Jaye finishing tied for twelfth with a 146 and Perry finishing tied for sixteenth right behind him at 147.
This year’s tournament marked an improvement from last year’s performance, when Cornell finished seventh in the tournament with an overall score of 593 (+33).