BEDMINSTER, N.J. – In its final event of the fall season, the Monmouth University men’s golf team concluded the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate hosted by Seton Hall solely in fourth place following a second-round 300 to finish the 36-hole event with a 603. Colin Buckley (Duxbury, Mass./Boston College H.S.) finished the tournament, which was held at the par-72, 7,014-yard Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club River Course, with a 147, good for a share of 11th place.
“I thought we had a total team effort this weekend and got the help needed from the back end of the lineup,” commented head coach Dennis Shea. “We have been looking for the 3, 4, and 5 players to step up and be a major factor in our scoring and we received that this tournament. The fourth place finish in this quality of a field is something the team can be very proud of and something to build on as we look ahead to our spring season.”
After an opening round two-over-par 74, Buckley followed with a plus-one to finish the tournament three-over-par en route to his fifth career, and third of the fall, top-20 result. Sophomore Cody Gross (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) shot a 77 in the second round to earn a two-day score of 152 (75-77), while Kyle Deisher (Montgomery, Pa./Montgomery Area) finished a shot behind after shredding seven strokes off his first round score with a 73. Senior Brady Goodling (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) totaled 156 (74-82) over the 36-holes and classmate Corey Carrick (Howell, N.J./Howell) rounded-out the Hawks’ lineup also erasing seven shots with his 77 on day two, good for a total of 161.
“We are excited that the Colin and Cody showed the kind of scores needed to be in the hunt each event,” Shea added. “Kyle has been one of our consistent scorers with his third 73 of the fall, while Corey and Brady have been steady for most of the fall, averaging in the mid 70’s.”
Minnesota, which started the day in second, improved by 11 strokes on Tuesday to cruise to the team title with a five-under-par 571. Temple notched a 588 (287-301) to slip to second, followed by hosts Seton Hall, which shot 302 to remain in third with a tournament total of 596. The Hawks, who recorded the second-best round of the day, earned a 603, three strokes better than Robert Morris which duplicated its 303 from the first round to finish with a 606 and in a tie with LaSalle. St. Francis (Pa.) earned seventh, one stroke behind the Colonials and Explorers, and eight shots better than Fairleigh Dickinson which landed in eighth with a 615. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) foe Iona dropped to ninth with its 618, a shot better than Fordham, while Saint Peter’s earned 11th with its 620. LIU Brooklyn (624), Manhattan (637), St. Francis Brooklyn (644) and Wagner (654) rounded the 15-team field.
Monmouth, which had five players finish the fall with a stroke average in the 70s, will begin its spring season in March.