Men's Golf Begins Spring Season In Maryland

Golfer and golf coach
(Photo byh Ellen O'Brien)

BERLIN, Md. – The Felician University men's golf team began the spring portion of its 2017-18 season by playing in the 12-team St. Thomas Aquinas College Spring Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at Rum Pointe Golf Course. The par-72 course was laid out at 7,001 yards.

Sophomore Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) opened the tournament with a 73 (+1), one of only two out of eight Golden Falcon rounds for the weekend to break 80. After Saturday's play, Storako stood in a tie for ninth place in the 63-player field. He carded an 80 on Sunday, however, and his nine-over-par 153 tied him for 22nd place in the event.

Still, Storako was the only Felician player to finish in the top half of the individual standings. Though showing a nine-stroke day-to-day improvement, senior Andrew Capone (Denville, N.J./Parsippany Hills) tied for 53rd with 88-79-167. Classmate Chris Bekefi (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) tied for 55th (84-88-172) and junior Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) placed 58th (89-86-175).

The Golden Falcons ended up in 12th place in the team competition. After Day 1, their 334 put them 11 shots back of 11th-place Adelphi University. Felician made up no ground with a 333 on Sunday, with its tournament score of 667 leaving it 91 over par. Adelphi finished 11th at 645. Six of the schools in attendance were Central Atlantic Collegiate members.

Concordia (N.Y.) College (297-300) and Dominican (N.Y.) College (295-302) tied for first place at 597 (+21), with Concordia being awarded the championship on the "fifth-man tiebreaker." Cal Meyers of Bentley University shot 71-68-139 (-5) and took medalist honors. Meyers was the only player to card a sub-70 round on Day 2.

Felician is back in action at the Mike Bello Invitational in Syracuse, N.Y., on Apr. 12-13.