It was a successful weekend for the UR golf team at the Liberty League Championships hosted by Skidmore College, held Sept. 22 and 23 at Kingswood Golf Course in Hudson Falls, N.Y. The Yellowjackets finished third out of seven teams, good enough to qualify for the spring championships, which will also be hosted by Skidmore, who won this weekend’s event.
The ’Jackets cumulative score of 603 on the weekend put them a comfortable eight strokes ahead of fourth place St. Lawrence University, which was the last school to qualify for the spring championships.
On top of the leaderboard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Skidmore tied at 588 strokes each after two days of play, but Skidmore won the event in a playoff, setting up matchups between them and St. Lawrence, as well as RPI against UR, at the spring event, which is a four-team match play tournament.
Several Yellowjackets excelled individually over the weekend, most notably junior Nick Palladino, who finished on a high note with a second day score of one under, giving him a weekend total of 145 strokes, or three over, only two strokes off the leader, Anthony DiLisio of Skidmore. For his success, Palladino was named a member of the First Team All-Liberty League.
Freshman Dominick Schu-macher, who competed individually instead of in the team cumulative event, shot a two-day total of six over, good enough to earn him a spot on the Second Team All-Liberty League.
Fellow freshman George VanderZwaag also received Second Team honors. He tied for ninth place with a two day total of 150, only eight strokes over par.
Also competing for UR were junior Will Mallia and senior Marc Youngentob, who both finished with two day totals of 154, putting them twelve strokes above par and tied for 19th place.
Freshmen Sean Hickey and Matt Michael (who was also competing as an individual) shot matching scores of 158, placing them tied for 30th place.
The team will looks to put up more good results at their next and final event of the fall, the Oglethorpe Invitational, which will be held at Royal Lakes Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., on Oct. 8 and 9.
Shapiro is a member of the class of 2016.