Ithaca, N.Y. -- For the third
consecutive year in a row, the Binghamton University men's golf
team earned a victory at the Cornell Invitational held at nearby
Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca. With a 54-hole total
of 871 (+7), the Bearcats squeaked by runner-up Columbia University
by three strokes.
During the opening round, Binghamton
shot a remarkable 286 (-2) marking the second-best team round
in program history. Later that day, BU shot a second round of
293, leaving them in second place, one shot behind Columbia after
day one action. On Sunday, the Bearcats put together four rounds
no higher than 74 to edge out the Lions of Columbia by four strokes.
"This is a great team victory from top to bottom,"
head coach Bernie
Herceg said. "Our depth is something that really stands
out this year. Each and every one of our guys put together strong
rounds this weekend giving us the consistent play we needed to
get by a solid Columbia team."
Highlighting the event for the Bearcats were senior Mike
Surdey and sophomore Paul
Andrews who both finished runner-up. Surdey proved to be
the most consistent performer at the event, leading the field
in pars with 40. In his best career finish, Surdey also shot
a 54-hole career-best score of even par.
"Without question, Mike was our steadiest contributor over
the weekend," Herceg explained. "He finished out the
tournament strong by birdying the par-5 16th giving us some breathing
room at the top."
Andrews like Surdey, finished at a career-best total of even
par for the two-day event. Propelled by an opening round 69 (-3),
Andrews went on to shoot rounds of 74 and 73. For Andrews, this
marked the first top-10 finish of his career at BU, besting an
11th place finish at the Seton Hall Invitational last October.
"Paul had an outstanding opening round giving us the great
start we needed," Herceg said. "He really battled this
entire weekend and made some big saves when we most needed it."
All five Bearcats competing finished in the top-25 of the event.
Fresh off his outstanding performance in Maryland, junior David
Cellura (T-10) shot rounds of 71-72-75=218 (+2). Both sophomore
Edmister (T-19) and freshman Josh
Holling (T-25) used solid final rounds to pace the Bearcats
towards their first fall victory of the early season.
"This team has got to be one of the deepest teams we've
had here at Binghamton," Herceg said. "Our guys from
the five and four spot can hurt you just as much as the guys
in the top tier of the field. The consistent play from one through
five was the key in achieving this three-peat at Cornell."
Next up for the Bearcats is a trip to Philadelphia to play in
the Big 5 Invitational hosted by Temple University October 8-9.