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Golf team finishes sixth at Rutherford Intercollegiate
April 12, 2011Tweet
The Binghamton University golf team finished with a sixth-place performance out of 16 teams at the Rutherford Intercollegiate, hosted by Penn State at the 7,202-yard par-71 Blue Course on April 10. The Bearcats registered a 54-hole total of 906, finishing one shot behind Delaware University, who swept the team and individual title at the Wildcat Invitational last weekend.
The host squad Penn State prevailed to capture the team and individual titles in a tournament that featured cold and windy conditions, including a washout on the opening day. For the 22nd time in the 35-year history of the Rutherford Intercollegiate, the Nittany Lions earned the team triumph. T.J. Howe fired a 54-hole total of 216 to edge Binghamton’s Jake Katz by one shot for medalist honors.
“It was little bit frustrating that first day because I think our team is right where it needs to be,” head coach Bernie Herceg said. “But 36 holes in one day under tough conditions is never an easy task. Especially, because this is the first 36 holes we’ve had to play in one day. Overall, it was good to see a little bit of a comeback today and it was good to see the improvement. A couple scores were down there where we should be and I think the team will be able to build off this heading into next weekend’s event.”
Katz, a senior co-captain, tallied his 10th career runner-up performance with a two-day total of 4-over-par 217. With his 24th career top-10 finish, Katz moved into sole possession of second-place on the program’s all-time list for top-10 finishes. He passed four-time PING All-Region selection Jeff Wolniewicz, (2003-07) who amassed 23 for his career.
Entering Sunday’s final round in fourth place, Katz fired a 1-over-par (72) to climb the leaderboard and nearly post his fifth career individual title. Following two bogeys through seven holes, Katz hit an excellent shot into the 215-yard par-3 eighth, leaving himself 15 feet for birdie. He missed the putt but made his par. At the 518-yard par-5 ninth, Katz boomed a great drive and hit a 3-wood to about 18 feet on his second shot. Katz read the putt along with head coach Bernie Herceg and he knocked down the eagle putt to make the turn at even par. He later bogeyed the 10th and 14th to give back the shots he earned with his eagle. However, Katz landed a precise iron shot from the par-3 17th to 20 feet and drilled the curling putt as it caught the edge and dropped in the cup.
“He was hitting the ball so well today that a 68 wasn’t out of the question,” Herceg said. “He’s such a great competitor for our team and he’s so consistent.”
Playing in the individual portion of the event, senior Mike Lemp carded Binghamton’s next best 54-hole total with a 23rd place finish. Lemp posted rounds of 74-80-73 as he nearly earned a top-20 showing.
Sophomore David Cellura lowered his score each round en route to a 33rd-place finish. Junior Mike Surdey fired a 2-over (73) in the final round to move one shot behind Cellura at 40th.