On Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21, the Fairfield University men’s golf team traveled to Bethlehem, Pa. to partake in the Lehigh University Invitational at the Saucon Valley Country Club.

In the two-day event, the Stags finished in a tie for ninth place with Monmouth University in the 13-team field. Overall, the Stags as a unit shot 35 over par, shooting 23 over par on the first day and improving to twelve over par on the second day according to the official scoreboard

The Stags ended just one shot shy of Binghamton University, who shot 22 over par on the final day of the tournament. Home-team Lehigh University finished first at 11 over par with a three under par on day two, which was the best round by any team in the tournament. Lehigh finished nine shots ahead of Siena College who placed second, followed by Towson University and Lehigh University (B).

Junior Colin Summers placed third overall in the event, playing even par through the two rounds. On the par 72 course, Summers shot even par on both days, falling just two shots short of first-place finisher David Hurly of Lehigh. Hurly shot even through the first day and two under par on the second day. Second place went to Nolan Crowley of Siena College who shot one under in the tournament.

Following Summers for the Stags was graduate student Patrick McCarthy, who tied for 29th in the 78-player field. McCarthy shot nine over par overall, starting with an eight over par in round 1 followed by a much improved one over par in round two. The third-ranked Stag was Anthony Naples ‘27, who finished tied for 38th place with an 11-over score in the tournament. Naples shot seven over par on day one followed by a four over par in round two.

Peter Crowe ‘27 finished at 15 over par with a plus eight day, followed by a plus seven day which placed him at 57th overall. Rounding out the Stags unit was graduate student Shane DeVincenzo and John Bushka ‘25, who shot 19 over par and 20 over par respectively. DeVincenzo placed in a tie for 70th and Bushka finished in 75th. 

The Stags as a team averaged 3.33 strokes on par three holes, being +13 overall on par threes in the tournament. This ranked them at seventh on par threes. The Stags did not fare as well on par fours, with an average of 4.38 strokes and shooting 38 over par on the tournament, which was good enough to place them ninth on par fours. 

The Stags were better on par fives with an average of 5.08 strokes as they were three over par on par fives in the tournament. This placed them seventh in the tournament. Lehigh held the best average score on both par fives and par fours, averaging 4.75 strokes per par five and 4.18 strokes per par four. Siena College held the best average score on par threes, averaging 3.13 strokes while losing just five total strokes on par threes. 

Towson led the way with 107 total pars, and Fairfield fell five short of them for the fourth most pars. Lehigh led the field in both birdies and eagles with three eagles in the tournament, three other teams had one and the rest had none. Lehigh tied with Siena for 32 birdies, leading the Stags who had 17, which put them 11th for birdies in the tournament. 

McCarthy led the player field in terms of average score on par threes, with an average of 2.75 strokes, ending the tournament two under par on par threes. Summers went one under on par threes, averaging 2.88 strokes, one over on par fours while averaging 4.05 strokes and was even on par fives, leading the Stags in both par four and five averages. Summers also led the Stags with 24 pars, placing him in a tie for the sixth most pars. Summers also had six birdies on the day, fellow Stags McCarthy and Crowe each had four birdies. The Stags men’s golf team will play in their final tournament of the fall on October 30 and October 31 at the Veterans Intercollegiate at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

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