SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Felician University men's golf team played its final competition before the upcoming Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship tournament this weekend. The Golden Falcons placed seventh out of 10 schools at the Yellow Jackets Invitational, hosted by American International College at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.
Felician junior transfer Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) tied for eighth place out of 56 individuals. On the 6,350-yard par-72 course, Lauchaire carded a 74 both days for a tournament total of 148. He tied the fourth-best two-round total in the 14-year history of the Felician program.
The average score for the field went down from Saturday (79.3) to Sunday (78.6, according to GolfStat.com), and while Lauchaire was immune, the Golden Falcons as a team followed suit with the field. Felician shot 320 on Saturday and was in eighth place. The Golden Falcons gained a spot in the final standings, when, led by Jake Storako's (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) 73, they fired a 305.
Storako (78-73-151, +7) joined Lauchaire in the top third of the field, tying for 15th place. Freshman Gonzalo Maldonado Felices (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris) was Felician's No. 3 man, tying for 37th with 82-79-161.
Junior Prince Sukklabsawan (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]) made a large turnaround. He was in last place after Day 1 with an 89, but shot 79 on Sunday to move into a tie for 47th with his 168. Senior Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) rounded out the Golden Falcon line-up, with his 86-83-169 leaving him 49th in the field.
Felician's 305 on Sunday tied for the second-best team 18-hole round in program history, and the tournament score of 625 for 36 holes is sixth in team annals.
Felician was one shot behind sixth-place Chestnut Hill College, the only other CACC member in the event, and six back of fifth-place Saint Anselm College. The Golden Falcons were 13 strokes ahead of host American International in eighth.
Bentley University earned the championship with a total of 300-289-589 (+13), edging runner-up St. Thomas Aquinas College by four shots. Bentley's Tommy Ethier was the medalist. He was the only player to break par, shooting 69-73-142 (-2).
The nine-team CACC Championship will be hosted by Wilmington (Del.) University on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, at Deerfield Country Club in Newark, Del. Wilmington has won the last eight conference titles.