The Yellowjackets marched into the Mid-Atlantic Invitational hoping to best their opponents from last weekend’s Peter Rossin Memorial.
The team shot a combined 326 in the first round, ranking them fifth out of the 15 competitors for the day.
Sophomore Steven Goodridge shot five over par to finish the first round with 76 strokes. Senior Chris Wuest followed with a 79. Juniors Rob Sherman and Joe Derrigo shot an 85 and 86, respectively. Freshman Jon Pecor scored a 90.
The team concluded the invitational the next day by knocking 15 strokes off their first round total. The Yellowjackets completed their weekend with a combined score that tied them for second place overall.
Goodridge shaved two strokes from his first round performance to put him at three over par on the day and tied him for top medalist honors.
The top performance was Goodridge’s second straight since the team returned to action. Goodridge has also been named the University Athletic Association’s golfer of the week twice this year.
“I’ve gotten off to a really good start in the spring, which is unusual for me because it’s sometimes hard to get the rust off from the winter months,” Goodridge said. “I’m just going to try to keep playing the way I’ve been playing.”
Wuest ended his second round the same as the first finishing with 79 strokes. However, Sherman stepped up his game to knock seven strokes off his previous round and pull under 80.
“[Rob’s] a good grinder, and he doesn’t give up,” Goodridge said. “Whenever he has a bad round, he always seems to rebound from it.”
Pecor also improved from his opening round by ending the second with an 84.
“Jon surprised me with his high rounds, but I think he’ll be OK,” Goodridge said. “He’s a good player who can shoot a low score.”
The Yellowjackets finished the weekend with a total of 637 strokes, which put them 18 strokes shy of the top finisher, Washington and Jefferson College.
Next weekend, the team competes in Apollo, Pa. at the Shootout at the Links tournament.
“The course usually yields some low scores,” Goodridge said. “So, if we can all shoot low scores and possibly win the tournament, it will put us in good shape.”
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