Release: April 12, 2010
ALLENTOWN, Pa. Binghamton golf made it two tournaments in a row with a team title at the Lafayette Invitational, held Saturday and Sunday at the par-72 Center Valley Golf Club. The Bearcats shot rounds of 310-290=600 to edge Bucknell (602) and the rest of the 19-team field. The last time BU won back-to-back invitational crowns was in the fall of 2006 when the team won the Dartmouth Invitational and Yale MacDonald Cup in successive weeks.
"We are playing well right now," head coach Bernie Herceg said. "The guys are positive and are finishing strong. It's good to see us put up four good scores. They've been very impressive the last two weeks."
Junior Jake Katz made history with a final-round 6-under 66 which propelled him into a second-place tie in the field of 150. Katz shaved 12 strokes off his first-round score and in the process, broke the school-record of 4-under, held by four former standouts (Robb Gibb in 1998, Adam Fuchs in 2000, Keith Hendrickson in 2004, Jeff Wolniewicz in 2004 and 2006).
Katz' round featured an eagle, four birdies and no bogies. He eagled the par-5 third hole and birdied No. 8 on the front side. Katz then chipped in for a birdie on the par-4 12th hole before registering back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 - two strokes that helped give the Bearcats' their two-stroke margin of victory.
He lowered his team-best scoring average to 73.4 in nine tournaments this year.
"Jake played an awesome round," Herceg said. "People don't understand how good a 66 is. To have no bogies on that long, challenging course is impressive. He was very consistent, had great ball striking and the few times he did get loose, his short game saved him and kept the momentum going. We've been working on his short game and it's really paying off."
The weather was much more manageable on Sunday than Saturday, when cold temperatures and 30-mph winds pushed the scores into the high 70s and 80s. Katz (78-66=144) moved up from 17th after day 1 to second in the standings. He finished three strokes behind medalist Andrew Cohen of Bucknell.
Senior Patrick Donovan tied for fourth place (75-74=149), junior Andrew Marler tied for 23rd (79-74=153), freshman David Cellura tied for 29th (78-76=154) and junior Mike Surdey tied for 63rd (84-77=161),
The Bearcats are off until traveling to McAllen, Texas for the America Sky Championship on April 26-27 at Las Logos GC.
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