WATERTOWN, Conn. – The Felician University men's golf team posted scores comparable or better than it has at any point this season but was forced to settle for a tie for ninth place out of eleven schools at the Eagles Invitational, hosted by Post University on Monday and Tuesday at Watertown Golf Club.
Felician collectively shot 315 on Monday and came back with 313 on Tuesday. The worst score it counted in its team total each day was an 82. But according to GolfStat.com, the average tournament round was 77.3 – 78.3 on Day 1 and 76.4 on Day 2 – a pace with which the Golden Falcons could not keep up.
The entire field hailed from the Division II East Region – six members of the Northeast 10 conference, three, including the Golden Falcons, from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, and two from the East Coast Conference.
Felician freshman Gonzalo Maldonado Felices (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris) signed for an 81 on Monday, but then fired his best round of the season, 73, on Tuesday. His 36-hole total of 154 (+12) matched that of junior teammate Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) (75-79). Both players tied for 32nd place in the 65-player event.
The normally steady Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) carded a 77 on Monday but struggled to a season-high 82 on Tuesday. He was left in a tie for 51st place with his 159. Felician senior Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) was two strokes behind Lauchaire (82-79-161) but had to accept a tie for 55th.
Junior Prince Sukklabsawan (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]) rounded out the Golden Falcon lineup. He shot 87-84-171 and was 65th.
Saint Michael's College totaled 297 on Tuesday to make up 16 shots on Felician and tie the Golden Falcons in the standings. Both were 10 back of eighth-place American International College.
Le Moyne College won the tournament. Its 299-283-582 (+14) was eight shots better than runner-up Assumption College. Le Moyne's Nicholas Barney was the medalist by three strokes. He shot 73-68-141 (-1).
Felician concludes the fall segment of its 2018-19 season with a trip to Syracuse for the Le Moyne Fall Invitational on Oct. 19-20.