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BU men’s golf finishes seventh at Wolfpack Spring Open

Katz tallies 11th career runner-up performance, fifth of season

April 17, 2011


BU men’s golf finishes seventh at Wolfpack Spring Open

Final Results

RALEIGH, N.C.—The Binghamton University golf team notched a seventh-place finish out of 12 teams at the Wolfpack Spring Open Sunday, hosted by No. 23 North Carolina State at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. The Bearcats posted two steady rounds of 303-301 amidst adverse conditions and a difficult field that featured a host of ACC squads.

Richmond University captured the team title on the strength of a 36-hole total of 582. Lamar’s MJ Daffue edged Binghamton’s Jake Katz for medalist honors with a 3-under-par 139.

“The guys hung in there and played good today,” head coach Bernie Herceg said. “Yesterday was a grind with the adverse conditions but we put ourselves in good position. We improved a little bit today. Our goal was to break 300 and I would have liked to break it but overall it was a good tournament. Hopefully we can take some momentum and scoring confidence heading into conference in a couple weeks.”

A day removed from treacherous winds that forced an average score well above 77, Sunday’s round was much more pleasant with blue skies and low-70’s temperatures by mid-afternoon.

Katz, a senior co-captain, tallied his 11th career runner-up performance and fifth of the season with a two-day total of 2-over-par 144. The senior standout, who earned his conference-leading fifth player of the week award on Thursday, led the Bearcats in scoring for the 14th straight tournament, dating back to the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate last season.

Katz started his round on the wrong foot as he had to take an unplayable on the first hole resulting in a bogey on the 578-yard par-5 that he birdied on Saturday. However, he played very steady over the next eight holes, carding six pars and a pair of birdies to make the turn at 1-under-par for the day. At that point, Katz held a share of the lead at 1-under for the tournament.

On his second nine, Katz played remarkably steady but had a hiccup on the 549-yard par-5 15th. After making birdie there the day before, Katz took an aggressive approach at the par-5 and sent a booming drive down a tight fairway. With 250 yards left to the hole, Katz pulled 3-wood in an attempt to win the tournament and hit his second shot above five yards left of his target into the fescue left of the greenside bunker. He chopped it out, but his shot rolled over the hazard, forcing him to eventually make double.

Junior Mike Surdey tallied rounds of 75-76 for a finish just outside the top-20. Sophomore David Cellura fired a 36-hole total of 155 and finished T-42. Senior co-captain Andrew Marler tied Cellura for a two-day finish at 155 but strung together an impressive final round. Marler made the turn at 2-over, but carded three birdies over his next six holes to return to even-par. Consecutive double-bogeys at the 16th and 17th sent him back to 4-over for the day. Freshman Bryce Edmister finished T-57 with rounds of 81-77 (158).

The Bearcats will travel to Scottsdale, Arizona, to compete in the America Sky Championship. The 54-hole event will be held at Troon North Golf Club on May 2-4.

Binghamton Totals:
T2 Jake Katz 71-73 (144)
T22 Mike Surdey 75-76 (151)
T42 David Cellura 77-78 (155)
T42 Andrew Marler 80-75 (155)
T57 Bryce Edmister 81-77 (158)

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