Immediate Release: October 8, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Binghamton University won a tournament title for the second straight week, closing out a six stroke win at the 54-hole Yale MacDonald Cup on Sunday. On the par 70 Yale Golf Course, BU rallied from three back in Sunday's final 27 holes to complete a 312-292-300=904 score. Penn, which held the margin over the Bearcats after Saturday's first 27 holes, finished second at 910. Seton Hall (914), UConn (914) and Sacred Heart (921) rounded out the top five in the 18-team field. It is the second time in the last three years that Binghamton has won the Yale MacDonald Cup, having captured the event in 2004.
Junior Zach Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.) tied for third place among 95 golfers after shooting 75-71-73=219. Senior Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) shook off an opening-round 80 and finished with back-to-back 70s to place fifth (80-70-70=220). Sophomore J.J. Shearer (Binghamton, N.Y.) was 16th (80-71-77=228) and senior Aaron Ungvarsky (Wilmington, Mass.) tied for 30th with rounds of 77-80-80=237. Senior Thomas Hackett (Binghamton, N.Y.) came in at 81-82-80=243 and freshman Patrick Donovan (Oswego, N.Y.) shot 79-76-75 playing as an individual.
"It's nice to win back-to-back tournaments and also to win at Yale again," head coach Nick Lasky said. "The course was set up extremely difficult - much like it was for the NCAA East Regional. The greens were treacherous. That middle round (292) was huge for us - that won the tournament."
Vinal played outstanding golf both days, hitting 43 of 54 greens in regulation. He lowered his scoring average to 72.8 with his fourth top-10 finish in five tournaments.
"Zach was totally prepared for this tournament and it showed," Lasky said. "I think he maybe had four bad swings in 54 holes and even those weren't too bad."
Wolniewicz finished strong with a pair of even-par rounds to maintain his team-best scoring average (72.7).
Binghamton will close out its fall season by hosting the 11-team NBT Bank Collegiate Classic on October 14 and 15 at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.
"We're definitely coming together as a team and we look forward to defending our home tournament next weekend," Lasky said. "It will be a nice way to finish out the fall season."
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