For Immediate Release: April 4, 2011
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BU men's golf posts two-day total of 627 at Wildcat Invitational
Katz and Surdey tally pair of top-20 performances

Final Results

MALVERN, Pa. -- The Binghamton University golf team finished with a 15th place showing out of twenty teams at the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Villanova University at the par-71, 7,009-yard White Manor Country Club Sunday and Monday. BU posted a 36-hole total of 627 on rounds of 316 and 311.

"We were hoping to turn things around and post some better scores following the first round," head coach Bernie Herceg said. "Everyone was out there trying their hardest, but it was one of those tournaments where we just didn't have it."

The University of Delaware swept the team and individual title as the Blue Hens placed three players in the top-10. Kevin McLister earned medalist honors on the strength of a 139 (-3), while the team shot a 579 (+11), two strokes ahead of Towson University.

The Bearcats started Monday's final round on No. 10. BU's first nine holes featured several difficult pin locations on a mild, but breezy day.

Senior co-captain Jake Katz led the squad in scoring for the eleventh straight tournament, dating back to last season. Katz posted identical rounds of 74 for a two-day total of 148 (+6) and an eleventh-place finish. He narrowly missed his 12th straight top-10 finish, which would have bumped him up to second-place all-time in program history for top-10 performances. Katz climbed the leaderboard early as he played his first five holes in 2-under-par fashion. Despite committing a double-bogey at the par-4 18th, Katz turned in an even 36 on his front side. Three straight bogeys at Nos. 1-3 hampered his bid for a late charge, but he played the final six holes at even-par.

Junior Mike Surdey, who was competing in the individual portion of the event, recorded an impressive showing of 149 (+7), good for a 13th-place finish. Surdey managed a 1-over-par 72 in the opening round, pitting him at fifth place at the start of Monday's final round. After three holes, Surdey was 4-over, but responded with birdies at the par-4 13th and 15th. He played the final 12 holes at 4-over en route to his top-20 showing.

Sophomore David Cellura registered Binghamton's second best team score with rounds of 80-78. Consecutive birdies down the stretch at the par-4 fourth and fifth allowed Cellura to drop his score to 5-over with four to play. He gave those two strokes back with bogeys at the par-3 eighth and par-4 ninth to close with a 78 (+7).

Freshman Bryce Edmister carded a similar two-day total as Cellura with rounds of 80-79. The newcomer made the turn at 6-over, but played a steady back side in 2-over (37).

The Bearcats are back in action Friday for the Rutherford Intercollegiate, hosted by Penn State. The 54-hole, three-day event starts Friday at 8 a.m. and runs through Sunday evening.

Binghamton Totals:
T11 Jake Katz 74-74 (148)
T13* Mike Surdey 72-77 (149)
T49 David Cellura 80-78 (158)
T54 Bryce Edmister 80-79 (159)
T77 Steve Armstrong 84-80 (164)
T84 Andrew Marler 82-84 (166)

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