Wilmington Golfers Improve In Each Round, Finish in Seventh at Highly Touted Buccaneer Invitational
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - Miami Beach, Fla.
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Senior PJ Tighe shot a 69 (-2) in the final round, finishing in 20th overall at the Buccaneer Invitational. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Junior Andrew Baldo improved each round, shooting a 74-73-72 for a 219 (+6) at the Buccaneer Invitational. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
The Wilmington University golf team improved in each of its three rounds at the Buccaneer Invitational, placing in a tie in seventh in a field of 14 in a star-studded lineup on Tuesday Normandy Shores Golf Club, hosted by Barry University.
The Wildcats shot their lowest round of the two day, three round tournament on Tuesday, shooting a 288 (+4) to finish with an 877, 25 over par score for the tournament. Wilmington went 295-294-288 for the 877, tying with Florida Tech.
Senior PJ Tighe was the lone Wildcat to shoot a subpar round for the tournament, doing so in the third round with a 69. He finished with the team low, shooting a 74-74-69 for a 217 (+4) to place 20th overall. Junior Andrew Baldo improved each round by a stroke; going 74-73-72 for a 219 (+6) to finish in 31st. Senior John Perrine led the Wildcats during the first two rounds, shooting a 72-74-74 for a 220 (+7) to finish in 36th. Freshman Andreas Lunding fought hard for a third round 73, finishing with a 75-73-73 for a 221 (+8) to come in 42nd.
Nova Southeastern, ranked No. 1 in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches’ Poll, won the tournament going away, setting a tournament record with an impressive 286-270-271 for an 827 (-25) as a team in the three round tournament. Host and No. 2 Barry came in second, shooting a 284-278-278 for an 840 (-12) while fellow Florida team Lynn rounded out the top three with a 291-286-278 for an 855 (+3) score.
The Wildcats were right in the mix of following the top two teams, finishing six strokes out of fifth place and only two strokes back of sixth.
Baldo finished the tournament with 38 pars, fifth most among the field of 84 golfers. Tighe collected 36 pars, good enough for a tie for sixth most overall.
Playing as individuals in the tournament, junior Jerry Temple led the group of three Wildcats with a 218 total, shooting a 76-70-72 to close at five over par and in 26th. Junior Tomasz Pulsakowski recorded the most birdies, 12, for the Wildcats, placing 63rd overall with an 80-73-77 for a 230. Sophomore Matt DiEleuterio rounded out the Wildcats at the Buccaneer Invitational, shooting an 80-81-89 for a 250 three round score.
Nova Southeastern’s Ben Taylor shot a 71-66-67 for a 204 (-9) to take the medalist honors, defeating Barry’s Scot Smyers by three strokes. Smyers shot a 70-69-68 for a 207, followed by teammate Adam Svensson who shot 73-70-65 for a 208 (-5). Nova Southeastern had all five of their scoring players in the top 20 of the leaderboard at the end.
The three round tournament against the tough competition was a positive warm-up for the Wildcats to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament starting next week. The Wildcats are the two-time defending champion and has had the medalist honoree each of the past two years in Baldo and Tighe.
The CACC Tournament will once again be held at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa., starting with the first round on April 8. The winner earns the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional Tournament.