SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A Day 2 hole-in-one by junior Thanachai "Prince" Sukklabsawan (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]) highlighted the Felician University men's golf team's trip to the Mike Bello Spring Invitational on Thursday and Friday. The 36-hole tournament was hosted by Le Moyne College at Bellevue Country Club.
After shooting 82 on Thursday and landing in a 49th-place tie out of 73 golfers, Sukklabsawan began Friday's round with a par and a double-bogey. He then aced the third hole, a 121-yard par-3. It was the first hole-in-one in the 14-year history of the Felician program, and one of only four eagles during the tournament.
Sukklabsawan completed Friday's round with a seven-over-par score of 78. He helped the Golden Falcons improve seven strokes on their team score, from 317 on Thursday to 312 on Day 2. Felician moved up from a tie for ninth place after one round to a final result of seventh out of 12 with its 629.
The par-71 course laid out at 6,540 yards. A 76 by junior Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) on Thursday was Felician's low round of the event. Storako followed with 78 on Day 2, his +12 total of 154 tying him for 16th place in the field.
Freshman Gonzalo Maldonado Felices (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris) tied for 22nd place after carding 77-79—156. Junior Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) fired a 77 on Friday to lead the Golden Falcons and move up the standings sheet into a tie for 34th after his Day 1 82.
Sukklabsawan's tournament of 82-78—160 left him in a tie for 42nd. Rounding out the Golden Falcon lineup was senior Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport), who finished 62nd with 86-80—166.
The Golden Falcons were five shots behind sixth-place Dominican (N.Y.) College. They finished two strokes ahead of the College of Saint Rose in eighth. Felician was fourth out of five Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance.
Laval University, a non-NCAA member from Quebec City, Quebec, won the tournament with a team score of 299-303-602. The runner-up and top NCAA team was Concordia (N.Y.) College, at 302-306--608. Laval's Arthur Heinkele earned medalist honors (72-74—146). He was one shot better than Andrew Sanzaro of fourth-place Assumption College (71-76—147).
Felician concludes its 2018-19 season with a one-day, 18-hole tournament on Tuesday – the Jefferson Rams Classic in Lafayette Hill, Pa.