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Kyle Wombold putts during Binghamton University's home tournament at The Links at Hiawatha Landing in Apalachin. Wombold and the Bearcats won the individual and team events.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Golf team wins home tournament
October 9, 2014Tweet
Down by seven strokes to start the day, the Binghamton University golf team came storming back and jumped two places to win its home tournament Oct. 6 at The Links at Hiawatha Landing in Apalachin. The Bearcats shot 290 (+2) for the final 18 holes, giving the team a total of 576 (E) over the 36-hole tournament and edging second-place Delaware by three strokes.
The victory is the first of the season for coach Bernie Herceg’s team.
“It was a great victory,” he said. “I’m very proud of the guys for playing on our home course and having them come through under some tough conditions today.”
The team sat seven shots back of Delaware at the start of the day.
“We had some ground to make up,” Herceg said. “It was just an outstanding performance out of everybody to hang in there because down the stretch the weather was difficult and they had to pull off some good shots.”
Binghamton University sophomore Kyle Wambold led all golfers with an overall score of 141 (-3) after shooting a 70 (-2) on Oct. 6.
“I’m so proud of Kyle for a great performance,” Herceg said. “He had a tough start on the second hole, and to fight back and end up winning the tournament individually was just phenomenal.”
Wambold overcame a seven on the par-four second hole, and fired five-under the rest of the way to capture the individual medalist honor.
“I just kept my mind straight; I didn’t veer off from the plan,” he said. “I didn’t let my nerves get to me, or get mad at all. I just stayed with what I knew and things turned out well.”
The top finish is the first of Wambold’s career. The Pennsylvania native said he has made changes in his game.
“It’s all about my mental game,” he said. “My physical game has been there, but in the past when I made a bogey or a double bogey I would lose momentum. Today and the last couple of rounds, even when I’ve made that bad hole I’ve been able to bounce back and make a couple of birdies to make up for it.”
All five Bearcat golfers ended up in the top third of the 91 competitors, including Josh Holling, who finished tied for sixth place. The senior fired a 74 (+2) on the day to close out the tournament with a 144 (E), three shots back of Wambold. Sameer Kalia also shot a 74 (+2), as he fell one spot in the individual rankings to 14th overall, with a score of 146 (+2). Behind him was junior Jesse Perkins (75, +3), who finished in 18th place after shooting a 148 (+4) overall. Senior Jack Sedgewick shot a 72 (E), which was good for second on the team for the final day. Overall the Ontario native shot a 150 (+6) to end the tournament tied for 26th place.
Participating as an individual, Stephen Mincone (T-23) gave the Bearcats six players to finish at 150 or lower, as his 75 (+3) gave him a 149 (+5) over the 36 holes. Cal Addy also participated as an individual, eagling on the 18th hole on his way to a 76 (+4) on the day and a 154 (+10) overall.