WATERTOWN, Conn. – The Felician University men's golf team shot a season-low 308, led by a career-best matching 73 from senior Chris Bekefi (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North), on the second and final day of the Eagle Invitational, hosted by Post University, on Tuesday at Watertown Golf Club.
Felician shot 334 during Monday's opening round, and sat in ninth place, 11 strokes behind its nearest competitor, in the nine-team tournament. Despite improving their team total by 26 shots on Day 2, the Golden Falcons could not climb up the standings. Six of the nine schools saw improvement in their score on Tuesday after a rain-soaked Day 1 round.
Tuesday's 308 ties the fourth-best team score in the 13-year history of the Felician program.
Bekefi, the No. 3 man on Felician's line-up card, signed for an 82 on Monday on the 6,638-yard par-71. But he rallied for a season-low 73 on Tuesday, matching the number he shot on Sept. 11, 2016, at Franklin Pierce. His 13-over-par 36-hole total of 155 led the Golden Falcons and tied for 20th place in the 55-player field.
Sophomore Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) also snuck into the top half of the individual standings. His 158 (82-76, +16) tied him for 27th place.
Senior Andrew Capone (Denville, N.J./Parsippany Hills) experienced an eventful weekend. On Monday, he shot 50 on the front nine, before coming in in 35, salvaging an 85. He then recovered for a 79, one shot off his season best, on Tuesday. His 164 (+22) tied him for 41st place.
Senior Tommy Giunta (Jackson, N.J./Marlboro) shot 85-80 for the second consecutive tournament, the 80 matching his career 18-hole low. He tied for 43rd place. Junior Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) (54th, 86-84-170) was also in the Golden Falcon starting line-up.
Southern New Hampshire University shot 297-294-591 (+23) to hold off runner-up Le Moyne College and win the tournament by three strokes. St. Thomas Aquinas senior Hamish Houston was the medalist, firing 71-72-143 (+1) to top the field by two strokes. STAC finished third in the team standings.
Felician concludes its fall season with a trip to North Carolina to compete in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, hosted by Lenior-Rhyne University, on October 16-17. The tournament is a 54-hole, two-day event.