Men's Golf Struggles To Ninth Place At Saint Rose

Junior Christian Lauchaire led Felician with a 13th-place result at the 2018 Saint Rose Fall Shootout. (Ellen O'Brien)
Junior Christian Lauchaire led Felician with a 13th-place result at the 2018 Saint Rose Fall Shootout. (Ellen O'Brien)

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – Less than a week after finishing in fifth place in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship tournament, the Felician University men's golf team settled for ninth out of 11 schools at the College of Saint Rose Fall Shootout. The latter event was hosted by the Golden Knights on Friday and Saturday at Pinehaven Country Club.

On the 6,506-yard par-71 layout, the Golden Falcons signed for a collective 324 for Friday's 18-hole round. Junior Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) shot 77, the only Felician player to break 80. His team sat in ninth place after Day 1.

The Golden Falcons turned in a similar effort on Monday, and did not move when the final results were posted. Led by Gonzalo Maldonado Felices' (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris) 77 and a 78 from Lauchaire, Felician totaled 325 for a tournament score of 629 (+81).

Lauchaire was the only member of the Felician contingent to finish in the top half of the 63-player field. His two-day total of 155 (+13) tied him for 13th place. Felices was five strokes higher at 160 (83-77), but that score left him tied for 35th place.

Junior Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) shot 80-82-162 and tied for 40th, and classmate Prince Sukklabsawan (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]) finished 55th by totaling 172 strokes (84-88).

Felician was 12 strokes behind eighth-place American International College, and seven ahead of Saint Anselm College in 10th.

Franklin Pierce University won the tournament. Its 298-308-606 was nine shots better than runner-up Roberts Wesleyan College. Dominican (N.Y.) College senior Hunter Westcott took medalist honors with 72-73-145 (+3).

Felician gets right back into action. The Golden Falcons travel to Watertown, Conn., on Sunday for a practice round prior to the Eagle Invitational, hosted by Post University, on Monday and Tuesday.