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Golf Makes It A Four Peat As Cornell Invite Champions

Sophomore Holling captures tournament win with final round 71

September 23, 2012


Golf Makes It A Four Peat As Cornell Invite Champions

Contact:Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Ithaca, NY—For the fourth consecutive year, the Binghamton University golf team has claimed the championship at the Cornell Invite which was played at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in nearby Ithaca. The Bearcats shot a team-best second round of 296, winning the event in comeback fashion by four strokes with a 36-hole total of 593 (+17). Sophomore Josh Holling helped carry Binghamton yet again on Sunday, picking up his first career individual crown with a second-round 71 (-1), beating Cornell’s Zack Bosse by one stroke.

“I’m really happy for the guys and how they competed this weekend,” head coach Bernie Herceg said Sunday. “We knew that we had ground to make up today and with the course in kind of wet tough conditions, everyone showed focus and knew just how important each golf shot was. To win this event four times in a row is truly special and I felt this was a good team win.”

Holling becomes the first BU player since Jake Katz in 2010 to win a tournament with a medalist performance. The Horseheads native put together back-to-back rounds of 71, firing a career-best 142 (-2). He also led the 13-team field with 11 birdies over the weekend.

“Josh had an excellent tournament and was really strong down the stretch for us,” Herceg said. “On the back-nine Saturday he pulled together a string of three straight birdies and today he did much of the same, birdying 15 and 16 and completing a great bunker save for par on 17. It’s great to see how well he’s striking the ball and we are thrilled with his individual tournament win.”

Junior Bryce Edmister came up big on Sunday for the Bearcats, shooting a one-over par 73 and jumping up to a ninth place finish at +6. This marks the second top-10 performance of the year for last years All-PING selection.

Senior David Cellura tied Edmister at ninth place with a two-round total of 150 (+6). Cellura followed up an opening round 73 with a five-over par 77 on Sunday, falling three spots back from the start of the day. His ninth-place finish is his third of his career and first of 2012.

Sophomore Jack Sedgewick had his best performance of his short career, placing in a tie for 18th place with a 36-hole total of 153 (+9). Freshman Jesse Perkins bounced back from a difficult opening round with a three-over 75 on Sunday to help Binghamton secure their sixth victory at Cornell since 2003.

BU led the field with 28 birdies and took advantage of their length on par fives, shooting six under as a team. The Bearcats return to action on Sunday, October 7 when they host the first annual BU Fall Invitational at the Links at Hiawatha landing.

Team Standings
1.Bingamton 297-296= 593 (+17)
2.Fordham 597
3. Cornell A 604
4. Bucknell 605
5. Lafayette College 610
6. St. Bonaventure 613
7. Univ. of Ottawa 615
8. Canisius 618
9. Siena 624
10. Colgate 625
11. Brown 628
12. Rider 649
13. Cornell B 662

Binghamton Individual Finishes
1. Josh Holling 71-71= 142 (-2)
T-9. Bryce Edmister 77-73=150 (+6)
T-9. David Cellura 73-77=150 (+6)
T18. Jack Sedgewick 76-77=153 (+9)
T59. Jesse Perkins 89-75= 164 (+20)
T61. Brandon Smith* 81-84=165 (+21)
T71. Ryan Prinzo* 83-91=174 (+30)

*competed as individuals

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