April 29, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. -
An opening round total of 307 proved too much to overcome for the Lafayette golf team at the Patriot League Championship held at the Bucknell Golf Course over the weekend. The team finished fifth, despite matching the lowest combined round of the event with its 288 in Saturday's second round.
Lafayette's third round score of 301 set the team up to post a 54-hole total of 896. Taking home the team title was Navy (878), as the Mids followed up their opening round 288 with a 290 and a 300 on Sunday's final 18 holes. Army finished three strokes behind Navy after shooting an 881.
Individually, William Park represented the Black Knights by taking the medalist honors back to West Point, N.Y. with his three-round score of 211. Park claimed the title with rounds of 69, 73 and 69, and was six shots better than second place en route to his Most Outstanding Player award.
Senior Carter Rufe finished third among the individual competitors, taking 219 strokes to finish the event. Rufe's 71 on the initial 18 holes preceded consecutive 74's in rounds two and three. Behind Rufe and finishing in a tie for fourth was sophomore Peter Gross, who carded the lowest round of the tournament with his two-under 68 in Saturday's afternoon session. Gross surrounded that effort with a 79 and 73, to open and close his weekend.
Both Rufe and Gross were named First Team All-Patriot League for their performance. The top five golfers in the tournament are awarded First Team status as Bucknell's Peter Scialabba (2) and Army's Anthony Kim (T-4) rounded out the recipients. Scialabba was also named the Most Outstanding Rookie.
Finishing in a tie for 16th was freshman Phil Rosengarden, who shot 227 (76, 73, 78) for the Championship. Junior David Kafafian rounded out the scorers for the Maroon and White with his 233 (T-28). Rob Robertson (237) and Mike Zausmer (238) also competed for Lafayette.