Golf battles the elements for decent finish in tournament

The Lafayette golf team finished middle of the pack at the Patriot Intercollegiate golf event held in Lorton, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept 23. The team shot 292 on the first day and 291 on the second day, good for a +15 score during the two rounds, which awarded them a seventh place finish out of 13. The final round, which would’ve been held later on Sunday, was cancelled due to inclement weather that made the course unplayable.

The Leopards’ standout players during the event include junior Will Halamandaris (E), sophomore Brendan Cronin (+2), and sophomore Cole Berger (+6). Halamandaris tied for fifth, while Cronin tied for 13th, and Berger also finished in the upper half of 78 players total. Halamandaris played an excellent course, shooting an even par 142 through the two rounds.

I think that as a team we all felt like we left shots out there for sure,” Cronin said. “The course was in tough condition due to the recent storms down in Virginia but overall we felt we could have played better with the two rounds we all played.”

Cronin said the team has their eyes set on winning Patriot Leagues later this spring, as it is being held at the same course where they previously won the Colgate Invitational this year. 

I think a lot of guys are excited about the rest of the year,” Cronin said. “We play in some great tournaments such as UConn, Lehigh, and Florida Gulf Coast. They are tough tournaments to win but we have the team to do it.”

The Maroon and White’s next stop is the Matthews Auto Collegiate Invitational, which is hosted by Binghamton University up in Apalachin, N.Y. The Invitational will take place at the Links at Hiawatha Landing.