Three Golden Falcons Are In Top 25 At STAC Spring Invitational

Chris Bekefi tied for 21st place out of 61 entries at the 2017 St. Thomas Aquinas Spring Invitational. (Steven R. Smith)
Chris Bekefi tied for 21st place out of 61 entries at the 2017 St. Thomas Aquinas Spring Invitational. (Steven R. Smith)

BERLIN, Md. – The Felician University men's golf team saw its top three finishers shoot 78 or lower for both rounds at the St. Thomas Aquinas College Spring Invitational, contested on Monday at Rum Pointe Golf Club. The tournament was 36 holes in duration, all played in one day.

Felician has shot only two team rounds all season better than the 309 and 312 it posted in Monday's event. However, the Golden Falcons settled for sixth place out of 10 teams, with the sunny, mild conditions creating strong scoring opportunities.

For the third time in the Golden Falcons' three spring tournaments, freshman Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) was the team's top performer. On the 7,001-yard par-72, Storako carded 74-75-159. His five-over-par day tied him for 16th place out of 61 competitors.

Felician juniors Chris Bekefi (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) and Andrew Capone (Denville, N.J./Parsippany Hills) also finished among the top 25. Bekefi tied for 21st after shooting 77-76-153, while Capone's 155 (78-77) was his second-best 36-hole score of the 2016-17 campaign. He tied for 25th place.

Rounding out the Felician starting line-up were sophomore Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) (T-48th, 80-86-166) and senior Tommy Giunta (Jackson, N.J./Marlboro) (T-57th, 89-84-173). Giunta was making his season debut.

Felician was in fifth place after the first 18 holes, but finished three strokes behind Post University in the final standings. The Golden Falcons' final score of 621 was 16 shots ahead of Chestnut Hill College in seventh place. Felician was fourth out of six Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance.

The host Spartans went four shots under par for the tournament. Their total of 284-288-572 easily outdistanced runner-up Dominican (N.Y.) College (299-296-595). STAC's Brendan Hunter (73-68) and Michael Miranda (70-71) shared medalist honors with 141 each. In all, five players broke par.