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Senior Jake Katz tallied his eighth career runner-up performance as the Bearcats earned a third place finish out of 14 teams at the Yale MacDonald Cup on Oct. 3. Binghamton fired a 36-hole total of 582 (290-292) in a tournament that was reduced from 54 to 36 holes due to inclement weather in the days leading up to the event.
Katz, who was named this week’s America Sky Conference Player of the Week in recognition of his medalist effort at the Cornell Invitational, carded an even-par 70 on Saturday and a 2-under 68 in the final round. One week after setting a career-best 54-hole total of 5-under, Katz set a new personal best for a 36-hole event at 2-under.
With a first-round total of 290 that pitted Binghamton in fourth place, the Bearcats would have needed to mount an improbable comeback to catch tournament victor St. John’s University.
“We were expecting low 280s today,” head coach Bernie Herceg said. “We would have needed an unbelievable day and we were all geared up for it but it never happened. It’s nice to see the fight in these guys though. You see how bad they want to win.”
Binghamton managed to remain steady on a day where team scores changed drastically for better and worse. The Bearcats finished two strokes behind second-place host Yale University.
Junior Trevor Fiedler finished tied for 12th on the strength of back-to-back rounds of 72. Fiedler was coming off a record-breaking 3-under-par performance at the Cornell Invitational where he finished second, behind teammate Katz.
Sophomore David Cellura tied for 27th on rounds of 74-75. The efforts by Fiedler and Cellura are even more impressive considering neither player had seen the prestigious course before. The Course at Yale hosted the NCAA Regionals last year and was ranked the top collegiate golf course by Golfweek magazine in the fall.
After soaring through the national rankings to No.106 - the squad’s highest rating as a Division I program - the Bearcats entered the MacDonald Cup with a confidence level at an all-time high.
“You start off the year and of course your goal is to win every tournament, but all of these great finishes are certainly satisfying,” Herceg said. “I just hope we can continue to build off this momentum heading into our next couple tournaments.”