Release: April 10, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
men's golf posts sixth-place finish at Rutherford Intercollegiate
tallies 10th career runner-up performance
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Binghamton University golf team finished
with a sixth place performance out of 16 teams at the Rutherford
Intercollegiate, hosted by Penn State at the 7,202-yard par-71
Blue Course on Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats registered a 54-hole
total of 906, finishing one shot behind Delaware University,
who swept the team and individual title at the Wildcat Invitational
The host squad Penn State prevailed to capture the team and individual
titles in a tournament that featured cold and windy conditions,
including a washout on the opening day. For the 22nd time in
the 35-year history of the Rutherford Intercollegiate, the Nittany
Lions earned the team triumph. T.J. Howe fired a 54-hole total
of 216 to edge Binghamton's Jake Katz by
one shot for medalist honors.
"It was little bit frustrating that first day because I
think our team is right where it needs to be," head coach
Bernie Herceg said. "But 36 holes in one day under tough
conditions is never an easy task. Especially, because this is
the first 36 holes we've had to play in one day. Overall, it
was good to see a little bit of a comeback today and it was good
to see the improvement. A couple scores were down there where
we should be and I think the team will be able to build off this
heading into next weekend's event."
Katz, a senior co-captain, tallied his 10th career runner-up
performance with a two-day total of 4-over-par 217. With his
24th career top-10 finish, Katz moved into sole possession of
second-place on the program's all-time list for top-10 finishes.
He passed four-time PING All-Region selection Jeff Wolniewicz,
(2003-07) who amassed 23 for his career.
Entering Sunday's final round in fourth place, Katz fired a 1-over-par
(72) to climb the leaderboard and nearly post his fifth career
individual title. Following two bogeys through seven holes, Katz
hit an excellent shot into the 215-yard par-3 eighth, leaving
himself 15 feet for birdie. He missed the putt but made his par.
At the 518-yard par-5 ninth, Katz boomed a great drive and hit
a 3-wood to about 18 feet on his second shot. Katz read the putt
along with head coach Bernie Herceg and he knocked down the eagle
putt to make the turn at even-par. He later bogeyed the 10th
and 14th to give back the shots he earned with his eagle. However,
Katz landed a precise iron shot from the par-3 17th to 20 feet
and drilled the curling putt as it caught the edge and dropped
in the cup.
"He was hitting the ball so well today that a 68 wasn't
out of the question," head coach Bernie Herceg said. "He's
such a great competitor for our team and he's so consistent."
Playing in the individual portion of the event, senior Mike
Lemp carded BU's next best 54-hole total with a 23rd place
finish. Lemp posted rounds of 74-80-73 as he nearly earned a
Sophomore David Cellura lowered his
score each round en route to a 33rd place finish. Junior Mike Surdey fired a 2-over (73) in the
final round to move one shot behind Cellura at 40th.
The Bearcats are back in action next weekend at the Wolfpack
Spring Open, hosted by NC State.
2 Jake Katz 72-73-72 (217)
T33 David Cellura 79-76-75 (230)
T40 Michael Surdey 76-82-73 (231)
T49 Bryce Edmister 76-81-77 (234)
T58 Trevor Fiedler 77-78-81 (236)