W&J Takes Fourth Place At Kravetz Invitational
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Playing at the site of the 2013 PGA Championship, Oak Hill Country Club, the Washington & Jefferson College men's golf team shot a team score of 319 Saturday to place fourth of six teams at the University of Rochester's Kravetz Invitational.
The two-day, 36-hole event was won by RPI (307-311--618) which collected a tiebreaker victory to earn the team title over Nebraska Wesleyan (318-300--618). Allegheny was third with 625 strokes (312-313) followed by W&J (313-319--632), Rochester (317-316--633) and St. Lawrence (329-317--646).
Jack Whelan of St. Lawrence won a scorecard playoff over Allegheny's Oliver White to notch medalist honors in the 36-player field. He totaled 76 strokes Friday on the Par 72 Irondequoit Country Club course (6,792 yards) and 73 shots today at the Par 71 Oak Hill Country Club (6,781 yards).
Three W&J players, junior Colin Izzo (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow), sophomore Matt Stearns (Saegertown, Pa./Saegertown) and freshman Tim Novic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), all tied for 11th place. Izzo carded the Presidents' best Saturday score with 78 strokes (80 in opening round), while Novic opened with 77 and shot 81 today. Stearns followed Friday's round of 76 with 82 shots at Oak Hill.
Freshman Evan Lestini (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) tied for 16th place with 161 strokes (80-81), while sophomore Ryan Mazza (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) posted the team's second-best score at Oak Hill with 79 strokes after shooting 90 the previous day.
W&J will compete in the two-day Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships starting Monday at Cedarbrook Golf Club. The Presidents trail Saint Vincent by 12 strokes after the first 36 holes of the championship series were played in the fall at Oak Tree Country Club. The team champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Washington & Jefferson is looking to earn its sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006.