Men’s golf made their second trip to St. Lawrence University this fall on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29, competing in the Liberty League Fall Qualifier at the Oliver Appleton Golf Course.
The ‘Jackets dominated the event, winning by 12 strokes after shooting a cumulative 291 on the second day.
The victory allows UR to host the Liberty League Spring Match Play Championship in April, where the top four teams in the conference will face off for a bid into the NCAA Division III tournament.
Individually, senior Nick Palladino led the way for the team, shooting a 66 on day one and a 68 on day two, scores that put him at -10 for the weekend. Of the 48 golfers competing, Palladino finished with tournament’s best score, shooting five shots better than the next closest golfer. For his efforts, Palladino was named athlete of the week for men’s golf in both the Liberty League and University Athletic Association (UAA).
Several other ‘Jackets also performed well at the event. Senior William Mallia and freshman Matt VanNiekerk both finished in the top 10 on the leaderboard, shooting cumulative scores over the two days of +4 and +5, respectively.
Mallia and VanNiekerk, along with freshman Jona Scott, were all named second team all-Liberty League for their performances. Scott had UR’s fourth highest score with a two day total of 150, which was six shots over par.
UR will next return to the course on Monday, Oct. 7 when it competes at the Oglethorpe Invitational in Atlanta. The tournament takes place at the Royal Lakes Golf Club and will feature some of the strongest teams in Division III.
Shapiro is a member of the class of 2016.