lead golf team to 22nd place at NCAAs
its two stellar freshmen leading the way, Binghamton golf capped
its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I tournament with a
305 on Saturday, finishing in a tie for 22nd place among 27 teams
at the East Regional, played at the 7,207-yard Auburn University
Club in Alabama. The Bearcats shot 307-305-305=917 to finish
tied with James Madison and ahead of Liberty (930), Charleston
Southern (933), Yale (941) and Jackson State (987).
Freshman Kevin Crawford (Lockport, N.Y.) fired an even-par
72 in Saturday's final round. He collected four birdies and 10
pars, and took it to two-under before bogeying the final two
holes. Crawford wound up shooting 77-75-72=224 to tie for 64th
in the field of 141 golfers. Crawford's +8 total for the 54-hole
tournament is a BU record, eclipsing the +12 mark set by Robb
Gibb at the 1999 NCAA Division II Northern Regional.
Classmate Brad Moulton (Orangeville, Ontario) shot 75-78-78=231
to finish second on the team behind Crawford. He finished Saturday's
final round with a birdie-par-par sequence to shoot 38 on the
back and preserve a 78.
Senior Adam Fuchs (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview JFK) shot
78-77-78=233, junior Keith Hendrickson (Syosset, N.Y.)
shot 77-75-82=234, and junior Joe Kunz (Webster, N.Y./Monroe
CC) came in at 82-84-77=243.
The tournament marked the end of the coaching reign for John
Affleck, who guided the varsity golf team for 15 years and
capped a noteworthy career by advancing his second-year Division
I team to the national tournament. Affleck's 2002-03 team won
seven tournaments, including the ECAC Championship and America
East Championship, and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA regional.
He was named America East Coach of the Year - meaning Affleck
will retire with coaching honors at all three NCAA levels.