April 26 2016
The Elmira College men's golf team played host to its annual spring tournament on Tuesday afternoon, welcoming a competitive field to Elmira Country Club for the 2016 Elmira College Spring Invitational. The Elmira men grinded through difficult conditions throughout the round, finishing in third place.
It certainly was a difficult day for scoring for all competitors. Although the round began with relatively mild conditions, a steady wind picked up roughly an hour after the 10:00 a.m. tee time. Intermittent spells of rain accompanied the wind, making the course and especially the greens exceptionally tough to negotiate.
Oswego State took home the team title, marking a cumulative top-four score of 350 (+62) to edge second-place SUNY Cobleskill (354; +66) by four strokes. The Lakers' Stuart Winn was the individual medalist, firing a score of 81 (+9) to edge his teammate, Tyler Wurzer, as well as SUNY Cobleskill's Connor McCarthy by two strokes. McCarthy took home medalist runner-up honors on a tiebreaker, as the Fighting Tigers' golfer carded a 40 on the back-nine compared to Wurzer's 41.
The Soaring Eagles finished 16-strokes off the pace set by the Lakers, but were the only other team to match Oswego State in having all its team members card scores under-100. Elmira was led by the duo of Jessy Lawson '16 and Charl Pretorius '19 who both carded rounds of 90 (+18) to finish in a tie for seventh place overall.
Lawson, playing in his final home tournament at Elmira Country Club, was one of the more consistent golfers on the day. While most of the tournament field experienced ebbs and flows during the course of round, the EC senior stayed even-keeled throughout the round. He posted back-to-back pars on holes three and four, while he also carded pars on holes 16-through-18. He also avoided the pitfalls that snagged many of his fellow competitors, carding no score higher than a seven on any hole during his round.
Pretorius was also posted some strong play on each nine. He carded a birdie on the Par-3 fourth hole, finishing out the front-nine with consecutive pars on holes eight and nine. The Pretoria, South Africa, native also collected a birdie on the Par-4 12th hole, while he later posted pars on 16 and 18.
Nicholas Neary '19 also posted one the best outings of his fledgling collegiate career. Although he did not factor into the team score, playing the round as an individual, he finished in a tie for ninth place with 18-hole score of 92 (+20). He posted an early par on hole three and had a chance for birdie at the Par-5 fifth hole; however, the challenging green conditions led to an eventual quadruple-bogey. The EC rookie showed his mental toughness, carding a par on the very next hole. He finished with six pars on the afternoon.
Dan Gridley '18 was right behind Neary finishing in a tie for 13th place with a 93 (+21). He marked a pair of pars on both the front and back nine's. The second-year tallied par on both the seventh and eighth holes, while he also fired even-par scores on both the Par-4 12th and 18th.
Jake Lawson '16, also competing in his final tournament at Elmira's home course, finished tied with Gridley with a 93 (+21). The senior posted even-par scores on the third, fourth and eighth holes during a solid front-nine, while he also shot an even-par four on the Par-4 17th.
Brian Demo '17 and Brandon Payne '17 rounded out the group for EC. Demo, joining Neary as an individual player during this round, carded a 94 (+22) to finish in a tie for 16th place. He carded a par on the Par-3 fourth hole, while he also shot a four on the Par-4 18th to close out a solid back nine.
Payne was the final Purple and Gold golfer on the afternoon, coming in with a score of 98 (+26). Although he marked a birdie-three on the Par-4 eighth hole, the front nine was difficult for Payne, as the third-year posted a 53. He was much stronger on the back, tallying another birdie-three on the Par-4 12th. He also marked a pars on the 13th, 15th, 16th, and 17th holes.