MACEDON - Several former Section 10 standouts helped the Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University and SUNY Potsdam mens golf teams claim three of the top four places in the final standings of the ECAC Metro/Upstate Championhips held at the par 72 Blue Heron Hills Country Club this past Saturday and Sunday.
St. John Fisher won the event with a low team score of 602 while Clarkson and SLU tied for second at 631 followed by Potsdam at 646, Oswego (660), Elmira (663), Hobart (668), Nazareth (677) and Utica (716).
CU, SLU TIE FOR SECOND
The top four scorers for Clarkson finished in the top half of all competitors at the as the Golden Knights concluded the two-day event in a tie for second place in the tournament held
The Golden Knights were in second place among the nine teams after the opening day and then held on to finish in a tie for second. Sophomore Tyler Cline (Tuxedo, NY) finished in second place among 45 golfers at the event with a score of 148 (76-72), just two strokes off the pace. Freshman Evan Cody (Malta, NY) produced an outstanding first day, but fell back to the pack on the second day, finishing with a score of 158 (73-85) and in a tie for 11th. Classmate Scott Henning (Vienna, VA) took a day to get used to the course before making a strong charge with a 160 (85-75) for a 16th-place finish. Another freshman, Matt Blair (South Glens Falls, NY) scored a 165 (82-83) to come in a tie for 21st, and Mike Mailhot (Massena, NY) rounded out the Clarkson golfers with a 178 (91-87) to tie for 37th.
Sophomore Jack Whelan tied his low collegiate score for SLU with a second round 69 on Sunday and finished fourth overall. Whelan shot 80 in the first round, but came back with the best score of the tournament on the challenging Blue Heron course with a 69 on Sunday to claim fourth in a 45 player field.
Jeff Duggan posted a top ten finish for the Saints with rounds of 76 and 80 to finish eighth at 156 while Graham Niles tied for 12th with rounds of 80 and 70 for a 159 total. John Harris shot 85-84-169 and was tied for 24th while Brandon Lustig was the fourth Saint scorer on Sunday with an 82, trimming nine strokes off an opening 91, finishing 35th overall with a 173 total.
The Saints will conclude the fall season at the Nazareth Invitational Oct. 14-15.
BEARS PLACE FOURTH
The SUNY Potsdam golf team finished fourth at the ECAC Metro/Upstate Championship over the weekend with a score of 646. Freshman John Hickey (AuSable Forks, N.Y.) tied for ninth with rounds of 77 and 80 for a 157. Senior Matt Supernault (Massena, N.Y.) tied for 11th, just a stroke behind at 157 (77/81).
Sophomore Austin Pivetta (Chateauguay, N.Y.) was next with a
168 (83/85). Senior Andrew Holmes (Fort Ann, N.Y.) and freshman Conor Talty (Fairport, N.Y.) rounded out the group with 170 (91/79) and 171 (84/87), respectively.
The golf team closes out the season with three top-four finishes, including two tournament victories, in seven events.
ROOS AT USCAA NATIONALS
(State College, Pa.)- The SUNY Canton mens golf team finished in seventh place out of 19 teams after the first round of the 2012 USCAA national championship at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.
The Roos posted a team score of 335 on a cold day on the difficult par-72 golf course that measures 7,228 yards. Temperatures hovered around 40 degrees when the tournament began Monday morning at 9 a.m. Daemen College seized the first-round lead with a score of 304. Penn State Mont Alto was second at 313 and defending champions Lindenwood-Belleville University was third at 315.
Junior Mike Reilly (Colton, N.Y.) shot a 7-over par 79 to finish day one in a tie for 14th place out of 108 golfers. Reilly shot a 3-over par 39 on the front nine and a 4-over par 40 on the back nine.
Junior David Parker (Canton, N.Y.) shot 42-40 for an 82 and a tie for 28th place. Senior Jeremiah Hardin (Alpharetta, Ga.) shot an 85 (39-46) and freshmen Brandon Pupp (Oneida, N.Y.) (43-46) and Joey Holmes (New Hartford, N.Y.) (41-48) each shot an 89 to complete the scoring for the Roos. Junior Anthony Levato (Canton, N.Y.) also competed on Monday and finished with a 99. The four lowest scores make up the total team score.
The second round is schedule for today with another shotgun start at 9 a.m.