Izzo Captures Individual Title; Presidents Place Fifth
MEADVILLE, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College senior Colin Izzo (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) fired a two-over par, 36-hole score of 146 (72-74) to win medalist honors Monday at the Allegheny College Guy W. Kuhn Invitational at Meadville Country Club.
Izzo, who was playing in his first tournament of the season, edged CMU's Ben DuCarme, Allegheny's Jimmy Lasher and Rochester's Nick Palladino by two strokes for the title in the 93-player field. His individual championship helped the Presidents place fifth out of 17 teams.
Carnegie Mellon won the team championship at 603 strokes (300-303). Rochester was second at 606 (304-302), while Allegheny (607--303-304), Kenyon (610--304-306) and W&J (615--308-307) finished close behind. Three other Presidents' Athletic Conference teams were in the field as Saint Vincent (616) took sixth place, Thiel 13th (660) and Westminster 15th (678).
Three Presidents tied for 20th place: sophomores Evan Lestini (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) and Tim Novic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and freshman Hunter Bagiatis (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield). Lestini shot 79 and 75 during the two days of the tournament, while Novic carded 77 strokes both days. Bagiatis followed Sunday's 76 strokes with 78 this afternoon.
Junior Ryan Mazza (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) tied for 48th place with 164 (83-81), joining classmate Matt Stearns (Saegertown, Pa./Saegertown). Stearns notched rounds of 80 and 84.
W&J has two weeks off to prepare for the PAC Fall Championship at Oak Tree Country Club (Sept. 30 - Oct. 1). The two-day tournament represents half of the 72 holes for which the league champion will be crowned after the spring championship.