Golf team finishes fifth at Philadelphia Big 5Tweet
With an 11th-place standing following the first round, Binghamton University rallied behind two clutch performances from senior co-captain Jake Katz and freshman Bryce Edmister for a fifth-place finish out of 21 schools at the Philadelphia Big 5 Invitational on Oct. 10. The Bearcats shot rounds of 297-290 in the 36-hole event at Plymouth Country Club in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., for a share of fifth place alongside Yale University.
After a first-round effort that left Binghamton jumbled in the middle of the pack, the Bearcats knew a second-half comeback would be needed to climb back into contention.
“Our goal was to finish in the top three and we definitely could have done it,” head coach Bernie Herceg said. “Overall I think it was a good finish. We beat Campbell, who was ranked higher than us and competed pretty well against the rest of the field. One thing the team took away from it is that they know they are a strong enough team to win it.”
Katz, the team leader in scoring average at 71.8, carded an even-par 70 in the final round to earn an impressive third place mark out of 111 players. He made the turn at 2-over-par, but kicked it up a notch on the back side which featured the course’s only two par-5s. Katz made a birdie on the 299-yard par-4 10th hole and the 537-yard par-5 17th for a strong finish on the back side.
However, the real offensive spark came from freshman standout Bryce Edmister, who registered a 1-under-par 69. After scrambling on the back nine on the first day, Edmister played a more consistent round as he added a pair of birdies on the front side’s par-3s and a third on the short par-4 10th to offset two bogeys. His final round performance trumps his previous career best of 1-over-par 73 at the Cornell Invitational two weeks ago.
“He putted solid, struck the ball well and hit a lot of fairways,” said Herceg, about Edmister’s final-round performance. “With that course, being in the fairway helped out a lot. Overall he stayed consistent throughout the round and didn’t have too many loose swings. It was great to see him break through and shoot in the 60s.”
Last week’s America Sky Conference Player of the Week, Katz narrowly missed his ninth-career runner-up performance with a two-day total of 141. He finished one stroke shy of the University of Kentucky’s Joseph Barr for second, but tied Harvard University’s Seiji Liu for third. Katz’s record of 107-2-1 in the tournament only adds to his impressive season totals, which were recently recognized by the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll in the form of a No. 96 ranking.
Junior Trevor Fiedler tallied a 32nd-place finish on the strength of a 148 two-day total. In the opening round, Fiedler played a consistent front nine as he made the turn at 2-over-par (36). Following a bogey on the par-4 15th, Fiedler found himself 4-over-par with three holes to play. However, he managed to finish strong with three consecutive birdies on Plymouth Country Club’s par-4 16th and its lone par-5s in Nos. 17 and 18.
Furman won the 36-hole tournament at 14-over-par 574. St. John’s finished eight strokes back for second place honors, while Kentucky and Princeton tied for third.