Immediate Release: May 4, 2004
HEBRON, Conn. - Binghamton shot a final-round 306 and finished in second place out of three teams at the America East Championship, contested at the Anderson's Glen Course of the Blackledge Country Club. Hartford shot 306-311=617 to win by eight strokes over the defending champion Bearcats, who struggled out of the gate in Monday's opening round, and went 319-306=625. Boston University finished a distant third with 347-343=690.
Freshman Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) finished as individual runner-up after carding rounds of 74-78=152. He was three strokes off the pace set by Hartford's Matt Burroughs (74-75=149). Senior Joe Kunz (Webster, N.Y.) shot 81-74=155 to place fourth, classmate Keith Hendrickson (Syosset, N.Y.) was in a three-way tie for sixth after posting rounds of 80-78=158. Sophomore Kevin Crawford (Lockport, N.Y.) shaved eight strokes off his opening round and placed ninth (84-76=160). Senior Eric Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.) came in at 85-84=169.
Wolniewicz and Kunz were awarded all-conference status for their top-5 finishes. Kunz was medalist at last year's conference championship.
The Bearcats, who won five invitationals in 2003-04, will now await a possible repeat NCAA tournament selection when the participants are announced on May 10. Binghamton is currently ranked No 2 in the New England District, according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. The top three teams from the region receive at-large berths to the NCAA East Regional, hosted by Yale on May 20-22. The Bearcats were selected last spring, and placed 22nd of 27 teams at the regional.
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