MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Felician University senior Andrew Geesey (Red Lion, Pa./Dallastown Area) was the individual champion at the 2016 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Men's Golf Championship tournament, hosted by Wilmington (Del.) University on Tuesday and Wednesday at Back Creek Golf Club.
Felician men's golf is in its 11th year as a varsity intercollegiate program. Before this week, no Golden Falcon player had ever shot lower than 75, or finished better than ninth, in the CACC championship. Geesey shattered both marks by shooting 73 on Tuesday and 72 on Wednesday to win the tournament by one stroke over Wilmington freshman Ryan Rucinski, the conference's regular-season Player of the Year.
In his first three seasons, Geesey finished 41st, 20th, and 14th at the CACC Tournament. His 2016 tournament total of 145 is a Felician record for any 36-hole event.
"My entire four-year career put me in position to accomplish this today," Geesey said. "It's just a dream, just an awesome feeling. I can't express in words what it means to me."
Led by Geesey, the Golden Falcons set a program record by finishing second out of 10 teams. Never before in program history had they placed higher than fifth in the CACC Tournament.
"The effort Andrew has put into getting better as an individual, and the leadership he has shown our team, was evident the last two days," said Felician coach Ben DiNallo Jr. "This is a great day for him."
On Tuesday, Geesey put together a round containing three birdies and five bogeys and shot a two-over-par 73. He led three other players by one stroke. He went out in an even-par 35 on Wednesday, increasing his lead over the field by four shots. Geesey made eight consecutive pars on the back nine, with his bogey on 18 still allowing him to better Rucinski by one shot. Rucinski finished with a 70 on Wednesday, but had shot 76 on Tuesday.
"Even though I didn't always hit the ball my best, I put it in the right spots, and I made putts, and that's why I won," Geesey said. "It meant a lot to me to get it done on 18. Having my family there, and having the team finish second… it just felt great to play well at such a big tournament."
Wilmington won the event to capture its sixth consecutive CACC team title. Complete results can be viewed at http://felicianathletics.com/sports/mgolf/2015-16/files/042016g.htm.