The golf team started off their season by placing second at the Hamilton Quadrangular Invitational, only losing to RPI. Campus Times Archives.

When it comes to expectations, sophomore Nick Palladino has a pretty high bar set for himself.

Named the top freshman in all of Division III last spring by the Golf Coaches Association of America, Palladino qualified for the NCAA National Championships while pacing the Yellowjackets to a national ranking.

After this past weekend, the young star, who is also both the reigning Liberty League Player and Rookie of the Year, silenced anyone who  thought his fantastic fall season was but a momentary sensation.

Palladino shot a five-under 67 on day two of the Hamilton College Quadrangular Invitational,  which was held in Clinton, N.Y. and concluded on Sunday, Sept. 4. Palladino’s brilliant play on the back 18 overcame his day one second-place tie with teammate and junior Marc Youngentob, to finish four-under 140 and earn the individual win by a whopping six strokes.

Youngentob had a solid second day as well, finishing tied for third place with a 147. Sophomore Will Malia (12th, 155), senior Michael Chudacoff (14th, 156), sophomore Rafael Baez (17th, 157) and senior David Wien (18th, 158) rounded out UR’s impressive team representation on the weekend.

A young trio of UR golfers also fared well, though they didn’t score for the Yellowjackets. Sophomore Tyler Scarborough shot a 160, freshman Jan Jaro fired a 165 and sophomore Jonathan Zeleznik wasn’t far behind with 171 strokes.

As a team, the Yellowjackets finished second of four with a combined 596 strokes, just four shy of team champion Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Yellowjackets, who finished the 2011 spring campaign ranked 24th in the nation by the Golf Coaches Association of America, begin the 2011-12 campaign with a hunger to continue with the mad charge through the rankings that they initiated last spring.
The team is slated to travel to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Monday, Sept. 12 to take part in the 36-hole Tim Brown Invitational.

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