Immediate Release: September 26, 2004
HANOVER, N.Y.--Binghamton golf stretched its opening-day lead and rolled to a nine-stroke victory at the 14-team Dartmouth Invitational, played Saturday and Sunday at the par-71 Hanover Country Club. The Bearcats, who led by seven strokes after Saturday's first round, shot a final-round 301 to finish at 590, ahead of runner-up Hartford (599), Dartmouth (600), Quinnipiac (602) and Harvard (606) to round out the top five. All five Binghamton players finished among the tournament's top-20.
"As the scores show, it was a great great team effort," head coach Nick Lasky said. "We had tremendous consistency from Nos. 1-5 in the lineup."
Freshman Zach Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.) collected nine birdies - including five on Sunday - en route to a 71-74=145 total and a share of fifth place among 74 golfers. Vinal recorded birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 13, 17, and 18 on Sunday.
"For Zach to step up with a 145 is a great performance and effort by a freshman," Lasky said.
Sophomore Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) was in eighth place after shooting 70-76=146. Classmate Aaron Ungvarsky (Wilmington, Mass.) closed with a 76 and was in 12th place (73-76=149). Junior Brad Moulton (Orangeville, Ontario) carded 75-76=151 to tie for 13th place, and junior Kevin Crawford (Lockport, N.Y.) went 77-75=152 for a share of 16th place.
"When you beat the team that has the tournament medalist (Hartford's Matt Burroughs, 140), it's a good sign," Lasky said. "We're 2-0 now against both Hartford and Central Connecticut, so we are establishing our place near the top of the district."
The Bearcats will go head-to-head against more region rivals next weekend at the Army Invitational.
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