Rufe Wins Lafayette Invitational in Playoff

Go Leopards! Carter Rufe and head coach Jim Hutnik after Rufe's victory
Carter Rufe and head coach Jim Hutnik after Rufe's victory

April 16, 2012

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EASTON, Pa. - Carter Rufe's par putt on the first playoff hole earned him medalist honors for the second consecutive year at the Lafayette Invitational, capping a second place finish for the Lafayette golf team at Northampton Country Club on Monday afternoon.

Hofstra won the overall team title, finishing six shots better than Lafayette's squad. The final total for Hofsta was 600, after shooting a 291 during Sunday's first round. Brandon Shin led the way for the Pride after his minus-two, 70, through the first 18 holes. Shin took third after carding a 76 on Monday for a two-round total of 146 (+2).

Tied with Rufe after 36 holes was St. Francis of Pennsylvania's Jeremy Foran, who like Rufe, completed his two rounds at even par (144). Foran registered a 71 on the final 18 holes, following a 73 on Sunday, and bogeyed the first hole, a par four, in the playoff to finish second.

Rufe's six-under 66 final round, the lowest 18-hole score of the tournament, overshadowed his total of 78 on Sunday. The senior was five-under on the front nine, after making birdie on the first three holes and sinking an eagle on the par-five, 503-yard, seventh. The eagle was the only one of the tournament on the seventh hole. Rufe coupled that effort with a minus-one on the back nine.

Contributing to Lafayette's second-place finish were Dave Kafafian, Rob Robertson and Phil Rosengarden. Kafafian, who tied for 12th, combined his first-round 75 with a 78 over the last 18 holes for a total of 153. Robertson's identical rounds of 77 put him at 154, tied for 18th, while Rosengarden was 35th with a 157 (79, 78).

Peter Gross, Chip Culp, Doug Fernandez and Josh Feinberg represented Lafayette's White team, which placed 12th of the 15 teams. Mike Zausmer and Kirk Massie were the fifth golfers on the Maroon and White teams, respectively for Lafayette. Competing as individuals were Robert Dyer (157, T-35), Morgan Grasz and Frank Dalincandro.

Lafayette Invitational
Top teams (out of 15) -
1. Hofstra 600; 3. Lafayette-Maroon 606; 3. Fairleigh Dickinson 608; 4. Iona 611; 5. St. Francis-PA 613
Medalist
- Carter Rufe, Lafayette -  78-66 (144)
Lafayette -
1 Carter Rufe 78-66 (144), T12 Dave Kafafian 75-78 (153), T18 Rob Robertson 77-77 (154), T35 Phil Rosengarden 79-78 (157)
Course -
Northampton Country Club

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