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For Immediate Release: September 26, 2010
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
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BU captures team title by 13 strokes at Cornell Invitational

Katz earns medalist honors with 5-under 211

Results

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Bearcats played three sensational rounds of golf with a 54-hole total of 868 en route to a 13-shot runaway victory out of 14 schools at the Cornell Invitational at Robert Trent Jones GC on Sunday. BU managed a final round mark of 1-under (287), the program's third-lowest 18-hole round of all-time, to earn its fifth team title at the Cornell Invitational.

Senior Jake Katz registered rounds of 70-72-69 (5-under) to capture the individual title out of 81 players by a slim margin ahead of teammates Trevor Fiedler and Andrew Marler, who finished at 213 (3-under) and 216 (even-par), respectively. With the victory, Katz has tallied seven straight top-10 performances, dating back to the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate in the spring of 2010.

"He’s out there doing his best to have a good finish and he was pretty excited to pull it off," said head coach Bernie Herceg on Katz's top finish. "This is one that he won outright. He proved how well he's capable of playing and it was a strong showing for him. He has the chance to do it again over the next three weeks. He’s hitting the ball so well and he’s scoring better."

Katz's other medalist performances came during the 2008-09 campaign when he garnered the top spot out of 23 with an even-par effort at the Cornell Tri-Match. In the spring season of 2009, Katz earned a share of first out of 53 at the New England Championship.

"I’m really excited to see how good we’re going to be this year because the rest of the team is playing so well," said Herceg. "Our team is stronger and more competitive. It’s a good problem to have with how good our players are. We had to throw away a 74 today and its been a long time since we had to do that."

Every member of the Bearcats squad set a new personal best for 54 holes. Katz's 5-under performance trumped his previous best of 2-over, set in the team's victory at the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate. Fiedler's runner-up performance of 3-under was an astonishing 19-shot improvement from his previous low mark of 16-over. Senior co-captain Andrew Marler also turned in a drastic difference to his career low with a 13-shot improvement. His even-par effort over the weekend bested a mark of 13-over. Junior Mike Surdey posted a 54-hole score of 5-over to beat his previous record of 7-over. Sophomore David Cellura registered a four-shot difference between his previous low of 9-over and his two-day score of 5-over. Newcomer Bryce Edmister joined the record-breaking event with a new 54-hole best of 9-over in just his second collegiate tournament.

“Right from day one I’ve had high expectations from them because of the talent that they have," said Herceg. "We’re just going to ride the wave of momentum that we have now. This team is definitely believing in themselves."

Fiedler, whose performance was only counted in the individual portion of the event, posted three strong rounds of 72-68-73 for runner-up honors.
Fiedler had an opportunity to win the individual title outright after making the turn at 4-under but took a triple-bogey on a par-5 down the stretch. His second-round score of 4-under was the lowest 18-hole round by any player in the event.

Marler shot an even-par 216 (70-74-72) for a share of third place. He continued to ride his wave of success following a career-best single round effort of 3-under (69) at the Adams Cup of Newport.

Cellura and Surdey narrowly missed top-10 finishes, which could have given the Bearcats four players out of its five-man squad in the top-10. Cellura carded rounds of 76-72-73 while Surdey managed 74-73-74 for shares of 11th place.

The Bearcats will be competing in the Yale MacDonald Cup next weekend.

 

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