Immediate Release: October 17, 2004
APALACHIN, N.Y.-- In the team's final tournament of the fall season, Binghamton golf fired a 298 to overtake Ottawa and capture the 11-team NBT Bank Collegiate Classic, contested Saturday and Sunday at The Links at Hiawatha Landing. Trailing Ottawa by one stroke entering the final round, BU ignored frigid weather conditions to post the tournament's only sub-300 and win the team's third invitational title in the last four weeks. The Bearcats came in at 305-298=603, followed by Ottawa (613), Duquesne (619), Colgate (628), Cornell (630), St. Bonaventure (630) and Mt. St. Mary's (630) in the top-five.
Junior Kevin Crawford (Lockport, N.Y.) produced a 74 on Sunday to place fourth in the field of 60 golfers. Crawford shot 76-74=150 to lead four Binghamton golfers in the top-11. Crawford collected four birdies (Nos. 3,11,14, 18), including three on the back side.
Freshman Zach Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.) shook off an opening-round 78 to post the team's low score on Sunday - a 1-over 73. Vinal birdied two of the final three holes (Nos. 16 and 18) to record his second-best round of the fall. He finished 78-73=151 in a two-tie for fifth place.
"It's always nice to win a home event in front of family and friends," head coach Nick Lasky said. "It was a good solid performance from Kevin (Crawford) again. Zach (Vinal) put the low round on the board today, showing how well he is capable of playing."
Sophomore Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) was in a four-way tie for seventh place after shooting 79-74=153. In Sunday's round, Wolniewicz was 5-over after three holes before roaring back with five birdies (Nos. 4,6,9,11,18) to bring it back to 2-over. He completed the fall season with a team-low 73.1 scoring average.
Junior Brad Moulton (Orangeville, Ontario) capped his round with an eagle 3 on the 18th hole, and finished in a tie for 11th place (77-77=154). Sophomore Aaron Ungvarsky (Wilmington, Mass.), who opened with a 74, slipped back to 14th place after carding an 82 on Sunday.
Colgate's Richard Hayes shot 71-75=146 to win medalist honors by one stroke over Andrew Jensen of Ottawa.
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