Immediate Release: September 26, 2010
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BU captures team title by 13 strokes at Cornell Invitational
earns medalist honors with 5-under 211
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
"Hes 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. Hes hitting the ball so well
and hes 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.
"Im really excited to see how good were going
to be this year because the rest of the team is playing so well,"
said Herceg. "Our team is stronger and more competitive.
Its 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 Ive had high expectations from
them because of the talent that they have," said Herceg.
"Were 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.