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Trailing opening round leader Temple University by two stokes, the Binghamton golf team carded a final round of 1-over 289 and surged to a five-shot victory out of 18 schools at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate in Bedminster, N.J., on Oct. 17.
Senior co-captain Jake Katz led a trio of Bearcats to top-10 finishes as he notched his ninth career runner-up performance out of 95 participants.
The Bearcats added their second team title of the fall season with their second-best 18-hole round of the year. A slew of personal best finishes helped Binghamton achieve the victory, as freshmen Bryce Edmister and junior Mike Surdey each tied at sixth. Freshman Paul Andrews also had a record finish at a tie for 11th, although his score was only counted in the individual standings. Binghamton’s victory avenges a third-place mark out of nine schools at last year’s event.
Katz, a three-time America Sky Conference Player of the Week, earned his ninth career runner-up finish and 10th consecutive top-10 performance, dating back to the team’s win at the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate last season. Katz was the only player to fire a score under par as he tallied a 2-under 70 in the opening round. With a two-stroke lead and a second individual title in sight, Katz shot a 1-over 73 and fell victim to a 64 carded by Delaware’s Justin Martinson, who overtook Katz for the medalist honor. Katz, who was tabbed No. 110 by the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll, ranks among the top-10 in hitting greens in regulation by Golfstat (.798).
Surdey made a breakthrough return to the starting lineup with a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to garner a sixth-place finish. His two-day total of 77-70 (147) was good for his first top-10 effort of the season.
Edmister, who tallied a career-best 1-under-69 in the final round of the Philadelphia Big 5 Invitational, earned a sixth-place finish on the strength of a 75-72 (147) performance. Andrews, who was competing in the individual portion of the event, narrowly missed a top-10 standing with a 73-75 (148) two-day total.
The Bearcats’ first-place effort at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate wraps up the fall portion of the 2010-11 campaign. Four events, including a 12-team conference championship from Scottsdale, Ariz., highlight the spring schedule.