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Golf Ready For The Start Of The Fall Season

Bearcats open up at Tiger Intercollegiate on Sunday

August 31, 2013


Golf Ready For The Start Of The Fall Season

Junior Jack Sedgewick

Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Vestal, N.Y.—With the start of the 2013 fall season on the horizon, the Binghamton golf team returns to the tee box with a lot of familiar faces. Entering his sixth season as head coach, Bernie Herceg is equipped with seven returners, including four of their top five scorers from a year ago. Having claimed three team tournament titles in 2012-13, the Bearcats expect much of the same in the year ahead.

“Beginning this fall, our expectation will be to put ourselves in a good position to win each event,” head coach Bernie Herceg said. “Usually in a two or three day event, the first round or two is very crucial. If we play to our potential and play consistently, I feel very confident that we can compete for tournament titles heading into that final round of play.”

Edmister leads the way
Sitting atop the Bearcats lineup for the third consecutive season will be senior Bryce Edmister. The much heralded lefty from Webster, N.Y. capped off yet another stellar season a year ago, scoring a team-low 74.5 per round while claiming six top-10 finishes in the process. A two-time PING All-Region performer, Edmister will be the lone senior on Herceg’s eight-man roster.

“I’m really excited to see how Bryce (Edmister) plays during his senior year,” Herceg explained. “He’s such a hard worker and has put countless hours working on his game. As a leader, he sets a good example for the younger players on what needs to be done to be successful. He has definitely reached and attained all his goals up to this moment and I really believe he can do something special this year for not only himself, but for his team and the program.”

Following Edmister will be a group of players who had breakout campaigns just a year ago. Junior Josh Holling produced Binghamton’s first individual medalist finish since 2010 (Jake Katz). His two-round total of 142 (-2) was tops at the Cornell Invitational, helping BU hoist the team trophy for a fourth consecutive season. Holling racked up four top-10 finishes in 2012-13 and was third best on the squad with a scoring average of just over 76.

Another consistent performer that will be called upon regularly is junior Jack Sedgewick. After competing in just five tournaments his first season, Sedgewick was a staple in Herceg’s lineup a season ago, playing in all 11 events. The Ontario native fired six rounds of +3 or better, and put together his best tournament of his young collegiate career at the Mount St. Mary’s Invite with a third place finish out of 63 competitors.  Sedgewick’s start to this season will have to wait temporarily as he recovers from a minor injury.

“Both Josh (Holling) and Jack (Sedgewick) had terrific sophomore seasons a year ago,” Herceg said. “Winning the Cornell Invite and being in the hunt to win the Philadelphia Big 5 tournament were huge strides for him. He comes in with a lot of tournament experience and we will count on him as being a top player in our lineup. Jack really worked hard last year and came through for us big time in the spring. He now has that confidence he needs to really go out there and perform at a high level. We hope to get him back into the lineup, hopefully by the Colgate tournament.”

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Coming off a freshman season where he contributed heavily, Jesse Perkins returns with more experience under his belt. He competed in all but one tournament, posting the fourth lowest scoring average on the team (76.6). In the spring portion of his season, Perkins had four rounds of +2 or lower.Fellow sophomore Brandon Smith saw some action last fall, including showing some promise at BU’s home event last October. Smith finished tied for 16th which featured an opening round 72 (E) at the Links at Hiawatha Landing.  Rounding up the returners is junior left-handed player Stephen Mincone. Mincone competed in three tournaments last season for the Bearcats and is expected to be in the lineup this weekend at the Tiger Intercollegiate.

A pair of new faces join the Bearcats in 2013-14; newcomers Cal Addy and Kyle Wombold. Addy, who actually joined the program late last spring is said to get some playing experience this fall and Wombold a highly touted player from Macungie, Pa. will get his first taste of collegiate golf this weekend.

Fall Schedule
BU has six scheduled events for the fall portion of their season, beginning with the Tiger Intercollegiate played at Turning Stone in Verona, N.Y.. The Bearcats missed out on playing in the highly competitive tournament last season, but return to the challenging par 72 Kaluhyat Course that measures over 7,100 yards.

A pair of tournaments stand out for Herceg and his players, those being the Cornell Fall Invitational and a home event, the Binghamton Collegiate. The Bearcats have won four consecutive team titles at Robert Trent Jones GC in Ithaca, winning last year by a total of four strokes. Two weeks following, BU is back on their home course to host a 12-team field in their second annual Binghamton Collegiate Fall Invitational.

“I’m always looking for tournaments that feature a great venue with strong fields,” Herceg noted. “We have experience on most of the courses we will play this fall which definitely is a plus.”

Other notable tournaments slated for the fall include the Colgate Invitational (Sept. 7-8), Temple Invitational (Oct. 12-13) and a trip down to Vero Beach, Fla. to play in the Quail Valley Collegiate hosted by McNeese State on Oct. 28-29.

Final Outlook
As the first week of practice wrapped up on Friday, Binghamton heads into the fall campaign with high hopes. Heading into his sixth season leading the program, Herceg continually stresses the fundamentals of the game to his players, challenging them to improve and score lower.

“As we prepare week in and week out something we really stress is the short game aspect of play.  The more repetition and practice on the fundamentals of putting and chipping we have the better prepared we are for a tournament. We want them to be strong in all parts of their game because at this level you need to score low to be successful.”

BU looks to score low beginning this weekend when they tee it up in Verona for a 54-hole event. Play begins on Sunday morning and concludes Monday afternoon.

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