Golf team wins Cornell Invite
September 24, 2012Tweet
For the fourth consecutive year, the Binghamton University golf team has claimed the championship at the Cornell Invite at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca.
The Bearcats shot a team-best second round of 296, winning the event in comeback fashion by four strokes with a 36-hole total of 593 (+17). Sophomore Josh Holling helped carry Binghamton yet again on Sept. 23, picking up his first career individual crown with a second-round 71 (-1), beating Cornell’s Zack Bosse by one stroke.
“I’m really happy for the guys and how they competed this weekend,” head coach Bernie Herceg said. “We knew that we had ground to make up today and with the course in kind of wet, tough conditions, everyone showed focus and knew just how important each golf shot was. To win this event four times in a row is truly special and I felt this was a good team win.”
Holling becomes the first Binghamton player since Jake Katz in 2010 to win a tournament with a medalist performance. The Horseheads native put together back-to-back rounds of 71, firing a career-best 142 (-2). He also led the 13-team field with 11 birdies over the weekend.
“Josh had an excellent tournament and was really strong down the stretch for us,” Herceg said. “On the back-nine Saturday he pulled together a string of three straight birdies and today he did much of the same, birdying 15 and 16 and completing a great bunker save for par on 17. It’s great to see how well he’s striking the ball and we are thrilled with his individual tournament win.”
Junior Bryce Edmister came up big on Sunday for the Bearcats, shooting a one-over par 73 and jumping up to a ninth place finish at +6. This marks the second top-10 performance of the year for last year’s All-PING selection.
Senior David Cellura tied Edmister at ninth place with a two-round total of 150 (+6). Cellura followed up an opening round 73 with a five-over par 77 on Sunday, falling three spots back from the start of the day. His ninth-place finish is his third of his career and first of 2012.
Sophomore Jack Sedgewick had his best performance of his short career, placing in a tie for 18th place with a 36-hole total of 153 (+9). Freshman Jesse Perkins bounced back from a difficult opening round with a three-over 75 on Sunday to help Binghamton secure its sixth victory at Cornell since 2003.