By Eric Brod
The men’s golf team finished second last weekend at the Colgate Invitational to open the 2010 season. On day two of the tournament, Will Bachman ’12 tied a program record with a score of six-under-par.
The team finished with a 36-hole total of 616, 10 strokes behind winner Colgate. The Orange and Blue were in second after round one of the tournament. Bachman was the only member of the team to break par in round two.
“I knew I had played pretty poorly the day before so I just forgot about that round and tried to play my best the second round,” Bachman said. “The course was wet, though, which made the greens more accessible. The greens at Colgate’s course are pretty tricky, so a wetter course was an advantage in that regard because it made it easier to go for more pins.”
Ben Mattingly ’11 followed up his two-over-par 74 on Saturday with an 80 on Sunday, the second-best Bison score of the day. The individual winners of the tournament were Will Delano of Colgate and Kyle Kayturowski of Daemen with a one-under-par 143.
Despite the tough finish, Bachman sees a lot of positives for the team moving forward.
“As for the team, I think it’s always important to remember that we’re playing as a team and not as individuals,” he said. “In that sense it doesn’t matter so much what you shoot but how you do compared to your opponents. Thinking about it that way takes some of the pressure off the individual player. We have a lot of team chemistry; all the guys get along great and going to tournaments together is fun.”
The Bison return to action today when they host the Bucknell Invitational at the Bucknell Golf Course.