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The Binghamton University golf team staged a big final-round comeback on April 21, overcoming a 14-stroke deficit to take the tournament title at the Rutherford Intercollegiate in State College, Pa. With a final round score of 287 (+3), the Bearcats picked up their third tournament win of the season and their second in a row (five days removed from Mount St. Mary’s Invite win). Despite having to withdraw one of their players (David Cellura-illness), Binghamton used a lineup of just four players who all shot 74 or lower at the Penn State Blue Course on Sunday.
“What a terrific comeback from these guys,” head coach Bernie Herceg said. “Being down a man, I thought they responded about as well as you could ask of them. We put together another three solid and consistent rounds over the weekend and I couldn’t be prouder of how we competed.”
Binghamton came into the day in fifth place, behind leaders Maryland by 14 strokes. Led by sophomore Josh Holling’s one-under 70, the Bearcats shot the tournament’s low round. Holling climbed 24 spots on the leaderboard to finish in a 15th place tie with a 54-hole total of 224. Junior Bryce Edmister had Binghamton’s best showing individually, securing his fifth top-10 finish of the season with a score of 223 (+10). Sophomore Jack Sedgewick continued his stellar play this spring with a 17th place finish and Jesse Perkins shot an even par 71 on Sunday to secure a 22nd place finish out of 71 players competing.
The Bearcats bested runners-up Xavier by five strokes and Big Ten members Minnesota and Penn State by six. Maryland dropped from first to fifth place on Sunday with a final round score of 308 (+24). Tanapol Vattanapisit of Xavier took home medalist honors after winning a playoff against Penn State’s JD Dornes. Vattanapisit finished with a 54-hole score of 216 (+3).
With Edmister’s T-10 finish, he now has nine tournaments where he’s landed in the top-10. He leads the team with a scoring average of 74.7 in 24 rounds played. Holling is a close second on the season with a 75.8 scoring average and has four rounds of under par in 10 tournaments. Despite an opening round 81, Holling rallied to shoot 70 on Sunday at the Blue Course—which was tied with two others for low round of the day.
The win is Binghamton’s third on the season (Cornell Invite, Mount St. Mary’s Invite and Rutherford Intercollegiate). This is the first time a Binghamton team has won back-to-back tournament titles since spring 2010, when it won both the Hal Sutton Invitational and Lafayette Invitational in consecutive tournaments. In Binghamton’s short 13-year Division I history, the Bearcats have now won three or more in-season tournament titles six times and now have 35 team titles as a Division I program.
Binghamton now turns its attention to the America Sky Conference tournament which begins April 29 and continues through May 1. The tournament will be held in San Antonio, Texas, at The Dominion Club, a course the Bearcats have seen already this season.
“I think as a team we feel really confident heading into the America Sky Championships,” Herceg said. “The teams we have beat these past two weeks are really good programs and I think this is a positive sign moving forward. If we play consistent and the way we are capable of, I think we have as good of a shot as anybody in San Antonio.”