RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University men's golf team will compete in the 2018-19 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship tournament on Sunday and Monday, September 30 and October 1. The event will be hosted by Wilmington (Del.) University at Deerfield Country Club in Newark, Del. The tournament is slated for 36 holes, with one 18-hole round to be played each day.
Play will commence at 8:30 a.m. each day. The earliest Felician player will tee off at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The CACC, in partnership with BlueFrame Technology, expects to supply free live streaming video starting at 9 a.m. from Holes 4, 9, and 18 each day at http://www.caccnetwork.com. Wilmington also expects to offer Live Scoring, updated every three holes, at http://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=16893.
More information is available at http://www.caccathletics.org/sports/golf/2018-19/releases/928CACCN.
For just the second time, the CACC will contest its men's golf championship tournament during the fall semester.
"Generally, the weather is much better at this time of the fall than in the spring," said Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport), Felician's only senior. "So, while in some ways it feels like a strange time to have a conference tournament, the weather isn't a factor and the courses are usually in great condition."
Felician is guided by 14th-year head coach Ben Dinallo Jr., the only coach in program history. The Golden Falcons will be looking to improve upon a seventh-place result in last year's CACC Tournament.
Each of the nine conference schools is allowed to enter five players, with the top four scores each day comprising its team score. Felician will line up junior Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional), junior Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon), junior Prince Sukklabsawan (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]), freshman Gonzalo Maldonado Felices (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris) and Keiser.
Storako and Keiser are the only two returnees for the Golden Falcons. Lauchaire and Sukklabsawan are transfers, and Felices a true freshman. Lauchaire is the reigning CACC Co-Player of the Week, and Storako made the conference all-tournament team as a freshman, when he finished in third place at the 2016-17 event.
"Jake and Justin have been really good team leaders," said DiNallo, also Felician's director of athletics. "The vibe with our team is good heading into this weekend. Deerfield has the potential to present some challenges, but players at this level should be able to score on it."
Storako set the single-season Golden-Falcon record for stroke average as a freshman with 77.16, and is at a record pace of 77.68 for his career. Storako tied for 21st and Keiser was 28th in last year's CACC Championship.
"We've all clicked right away, even with three new guys," Keiser said. "We feel prepared. Our goals are to finish in the top half of the field and to break the school scoring record."
The top five individual finishers, plus ties, after Monday's round will be named CACC All-Tournament.
Storako holds the Felician single-round event record (71). Andrew Geesey set the school tournament 36-hole mark of 145 on his way to the individual championship in 2016. Teamwise, Felician's overall standards are 301 for a round and 615 for 36 holes, and their CACC records are 309 and 626, respectively.