Men's Golf Repeats As Jefferson Invite Champions

Golf team photo with trophy.
(Photo courtesy Jefferson Rams)

LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – For the second consecutive year, the Felician University men's golf team ended its season by winning the Jefferson Invitational. On Tuesday, the Golden Falcons captured the 2019 version of the event, hosted by the Jefferson Rams at the ACE Club, via tiebreaker.

The par-72 course laid out at 6,702 yards, and the tournament format called for one 18-hole round. Felician junior Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) was one of three players to lead the field with a score of 73. Golden Falcon freshman Gonzalo Maldonado Felices (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris) signed for a 75.

The remaining three players in Felician's line-up – juniors Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) and Prince Sukklabsawan (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]) and senior Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) – each recorded rounds of 81. An NCAA team score is calculated by using the top four individuals, thus the Golden Falcons were credited with 310.

Swarthmore College also shot 310, with both the Golden Falcons and Garnet topping third-place Goldey-Beacom College by one stroke. The tournament tiebreaker was score on the course's highest handicapped hole, which was No. 3. Eliminating the bottom score for Swarthmore and the last of the three 81s to finish for Felician, the Golden Falcons had the edge, 20-21, on the third hole, and were declared tournament champions.

The individual champion was determined in the same manner. All three players to shoot 73 made a par on the par-3 third hole. ACE's next-highest handicapped hole was the par-5 No. 16. By virtue of his double-eagle 2 on that hole, Swarthmore senior Vamsi Damerla was named medalist. Storako made a birdie 4 on 16 and was the runner-up. Goldey-Beacom's Braden Wheeler also shot 73, but with a par 5 on 16.

Felices tied for fifth place out of 68 entrants. The trio of of Lauchaire, Sukklabsawan, and Keiser was among 10 players who finished 17th.

Keiser, the Golden Falcons' only senior, participated in his final career tournament. HE will graduate as Felician's all-time leader in rounds played with 76. His 83.00 career scoring average sits sixth in program annals.

Storako remains alive for an individual berth in the NCAA Atlantic/East Regional championship tournament. His 2018-19 scoring average of 76.81 would break his own single-season school record.