The men’s golf team tackled some of the stiffest competition in the nation when they hosted the Mid-Atlantic Region Invitational this past weekend. Facing No. 13 St. John Fisher College and an array of other on-the-cusp powerhouses including Franklin and Marshall College and Allegheny College, the Yellowjackets fell into a hole on Sunday, April 8, day one of the two-day competition, but upped their game on Monday, April 9 to earn seventh place.
The result was a slight disappointment for the Yellowjackets, who won the team title last year, but the tournament was not without its highlights. Sophomore Nick Palladino struggled on the first day by shooting an 81, yet displayed astounding resilience by having the second best score of the second day (76) among all competitors, finishing in a tie for fourth place individually with St. John Fisher’s Tyler McArdell.
Sophomore Will Mallia staged perhaps an even more impressive turn-around, slicing nine strokes off his first day total by shooting an 80 on day two to end up tied for 29th individually. Senior David Wein (174 strokes, 41st overall) followed suit, besting his day one total by two strokes, while senior Michael Chudacoff (175 strokes, 44th overall) and junior Marc Youngentob (180 strokes, 60th overall) rounded out scoring for the ’Jackets.
Though he didn’t score for the yellow and blue, sophomore Tyler Scarborough showed notable improvement between the two days of competition as well, coming back from a 91-stroke effort on day one to improve his second day total by five strokes (177 strokes, 53rd overall).
As a team, the ’Jackets valiant day two effort allowed them to move up four places in the team standings. Their second day total of 333 strokes was a six-stroke improvement from Sunday and the third best among the 14 scoring teams.
UR competes in the NYU/Manhattanville Invitational this weekend, teeing off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.
Bernstein is a member of the class of 2014.