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Golf Kunz leads host Bearcats to title at NBT Bank Classic

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ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Senior Joe Kunz (Webster, N.Y.) fired an even-par 72 and then captured medalist honors on the first playoff hole, and host Binghamton rallied for a team victory at the NBT Bank Collegiate Classic, played Saturday and Sunday at chilly En-Joie Golf Course. The Bearcats shot 300-295=595 to edge Central Connecticut State (597) and the rest of the 11-team field.

Kunz, who opened the tournament with a 73, shot 36-36 on Sunday to force a playoff with Josh Anderson of St. Bonaventure (75-70). On the first extra hole (No. 1), Kunz put a 150-yard wedge to within 25 feet, and two-putted for his par. Anderson missed the green on his approach and bogied the hole.

"Once it was determined that Joe was in the playoff, I knew he'd win," head coach Nick Lasky said. "He is a tremendous match play competitor."

The Bearcats, who trailed Central Connecticut State by two shots entering Sunday's final round, received strong performances from all five players. For the first time since the season-opening tournament win at Colgate, BU put every round in the 70s (10-for-10). Even Binghamton's second team showed its mettle, shooting 310-299=606 to place third in the field.

Playing for the second team, sophomore Chris McLaughlin (Northport, N.Y.) shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday - the lowest round of 120 played during the tournament. His scorecard featured five birdies and a backside total of 32.

"That was an unbelievable round," Lasky said. "I don't know how anyone could have shot that score the way the course was playing today."

In addition to the 7,034 yards that En-Joie threw at the field, Sunday's play was hampered by strong winds and temperatures in the mid-40s.

Senior Keith Hendrickson (Syosset, N.Y.) shot 76-74=150 to place seventh in the field. Hendrickson finished the fall season with a team-best 73.5 scoring average. He finished among the top-10 at five of the seven events, winning twice.

Binghamton earned its fourth team title in seven fall events. Last year, the Bearcats won eight tournaments - the most of any Division I team in the country. The team returns to competition on March 28-29 at the Towson Drew Upton Classic.

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