continue mastery of Cornell GC with one stroke victory
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Binghamton golf team certainly likes Cornell's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. The Bearcats dropped a final-round 293 on the 17-team field to capture the Cornell Invitational on Sunday. The tournament win was the third straight for BU at the Cornell event - fifth straight if you count Binghamton's wins at the combined Cornell-Colgate Invitational in recent years.
The Bearcats (309-293=602), who were three strokes off the lead after Saturday's opening round, rallied to edge Loyola (309-294=603) for their second title in four tournaments this fall. Last season, BU had more tournament wins (7) than any other Division I program in the entire nation. Bucknell (610) and Lehigh (610) shared third place, with the host Big Red (617) in fifth. The par-72 course played to 6,901 yards.
On Sunday, senior Joe Kunz (Webster, N.Y.) led the way with an even-par 72 (38-34). Sophomore Kevin Crawford (Lockport, N.Y.) shaved 14 strokes off his opening round and came back with a 73 (37-36). Freshman Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) and senior Keith Hendrickson (Syosset, N.Y.) each carded rounds of 74.
Wolniewicz tied for third in the field of 90 golfers (74-74=148). One week after winning the Dartmouth Invitational, Hendrickson came back with a sixth-place finish. Wolniewicz and Hendrickson each have two top-10 finishes this fall. Kunz (81-72) earned a share of 12th place with his strong finish, and Crawford made a stirring comeback from a disasterous opening-round 87 to shoot 73. That 1-over score was identical to Crawford's back-to-back 73s that propelled him to medalist honors at the 2002 New York State high school championship, played on the same Cornell course.
Kunz put together an incredible nine-hole string to post his even par round. He birdied five holes during that stretch (Nos. 8, 9, 10, 13, 16), including three in a row. Wolniewicz made birdie at Nos. 11 and 17 to shoot par on the back side.
Senior Eric Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.) shot 79-78=157 for a share of 27th place.
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