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Golf team finishes fourth at APSU Intercollegiate
October 19, 2011Tweet
The Binghamton men’s golf team capped off its fall season with a fourth-place finish at the F&M Bank Intercollegiate hosted by Austin Peay State University in Hopkinsville, Ky., on Oct. 17. At the par 72 Links at Novadell Course, Binghamton shot a 54-hole total of 859 giving them a score of 5-under-par. This mark singles the program’s best three-round effort, surpassing last season’s 4-over-par performance at the Cornell Invitational.
The overall team depth and consistency was on display as the Bearcats included no score higher than 75 toward the team tally. During second-round play on Oct. 17, three Bearcats shot rounds of under par to set yet another program record scorecard of 6-under-par. On a long course that features both 618- and 592-yard holes, Binghamton did most of its damage on the par-fives, shooting a total of 9-under-par for the event.
Sophomore Bryce Edmister got off to a terrific start for the Bearcats on Oct. 17. Straight out of the gate, Edmister birdied four of his first six holes on his way to a historic round of 67 (-5). This opening round ties him for the best in program history, along with teammate David Cellura who shot a five-under 66 back on Sept. 13. Throughout the next two rounds Edmister shot rounds of 72 and 73 to finish tied for 10th out of 93 competitors. His 4-under performance is a career-best total and gives him a second career top-10 finish.
“Bryce struck the ball solidly both days,” head coach Bernie Herceg said. “His driving was extremely accurate and he found himself putting for birdie it seemed like on every hole. He didn’t putt as well as he hoped to in the final two rounds, but overall it was a great tournament for him.”
Senior Mike Surdey played a consistent three rounds for a total of 214 and 2-under-par. Surdey compiled a team-best 42 pars throughout the two-day event giving him the best 54-hole total of his four-year career. Junior David Cellura finished off a very successful fall by shooting even-par and finishing 26th.
Binghamton enjoyed a successful fall by placing top-5 in two of the five tournaments played, highlighted by the first-place finish on Sept. 25, at the Cornell Invitational.
“We had a great fall season and saw contribution from a lot of guys,” Herceg said. “Our freshman gained lots of experience and have acclimated themselves to the college game which is a big plus. Our returners from David, Bryce and Mike on down have been rock solid. And Paul Andrews has really improved, giving us great depth and the ability to compete for every tournament we enter.”
With the conclusion of this event, the Bearcats will take a five-month break before teeing off once again in Bethany Beach, Del., at the George Washington Intercollegiate.