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Binghamton captures 16-team Bucknell Invitational for second straight tournament title

The golf team made it 2-for-2 in 2002 with a team title at the Bucknell Invitational, held Friday and Saturday at the Bucknell Golf Course in Lewisburg, Pa. The Bearcats shot 288-299=587 to win by 21 strokes over runner-up Loyola (608) and the rest of the 16-team field. Binghamton was the only team to fire back-to-back sub-300 rounds, and BU golfers occupied the top three individual spots in the field of 79. In the season-opening Colgate Invitational last weekend, BU shot 290-299 to win by two strokes.

Junior Joe Kunz (Webster, N.Y./Monroe CC) grabbed medalist honors for a second straight week, shooting 71-74=145 to edge senior teammate Adam Fuchs (Plainview, N.Y./JFK-Plainview), who carded 71-75=146. Junior Keith Hendrickson (Syosset, N.Y.) shot 73-74=147 to place third.

"Overall it was a very convincing win in a tough tournament field," head coach John Affleck said. "The boys handled the windy conditions well."

Kunz, who shot 71-75 to win at Colgate last weekend, now owns a 72.8 stroke average after his first two Division I tournaments. Last spring, he captured the NJCAA Division III individual championship for Monroe CC in Rochester, N.Y.

"Joe played solid golf in very difficult conditions," Affleck said. "On Saturday he had two of the best 'up-and-downs' I've ever seen."

Junior Eric Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) shot 73-81=154 to tie for 18th place, and freshman Brad Moulton (Orangeville, Ontario) finished strong, carding an 84-76=160 to tie for 43rd place.

The Bearcats next compete in the Dartmouth Tournament on September 21-22.




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