places fifth at Yale's MacDonald Cup
NEW HAVEN, Conn.--With inclement weather forcing the Yale MacDonald Cup to be halted following the second round on Sunday, the Bearcats maintained a fifth-place finish in the 18-team field at the par-70 Yale Golf Course.
Playing on the course that will be the home to the 2004 NCAA East Regional, Binghamton shot 292-299=591 to finish just three strokes out of a second-place finish. Penn State captured the team title by a 15-stroke margin, shooting 284-289=573. The University of Rhode Island, a district rival of the Bearcats, finished second with a team score of 294-294=588. Liberty University (589) and Oakland University (590) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Individually for Binghamton, senior captain Eric Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) shot 68-77=145 to finish in 10th place. Fellow senior Keith Hendrickson (Syosset, N.Y.) had the Bearcats low round on Sunday, shooting a 72 to place in a tie for 17th place with scores of 76-72=148. Sophomore Kevin Crawford (Lockport, N.Y.) was tied for 22nd after carding rounds of 75-74=149 and freshman Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) finished tied for 39th with a score of 75-76=151. Senior Joe Kunz (Webster, N.Y.) wound up in a tie for 51st place after shooting 74-79=153.
Despite being beaten out by New England District foe Rhode Island, the Bearcats enjoyed a successful weekend, as they finished in front of seven other schools from the district. Host Yale University shot 298-294=592 to finish one stroke behind Binghamton in sixth place. Other schools from the district included Connecticut (7th), Central Connecticut State (10th), Harvard (12th), Army (14th), Dartmouth (16th) and Hartford (18th).
On the heels of last weekend's ECAC Championship crown, Binghamton has improved its position within the district. The top three district teams at the end of the spring season advance to the NCAA Division I Championship. Last spring the Bearcats earned an at-large berth with their #3 district ranking.
With the exception of last year's 22nd place finish at the NCAA East Regional, the Bearcats have finished in the top-10 of all 30 tournaments they have competed in since moving to the Division I level. The team has also finished in the top-5 in 26 of those tournaments and earned a team title 12 times.
Coming up next weekend, the Bearcats will host the NBT Bank Collegiate Classic at En-Joie GC.
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