‘Nova finds its stroke in New York

Greg Ahern

The Wildcat golf team finished in a tie for sixth out of 14 teams this past weekend at the St. John’s/McLaughlin invitational in Bethpage, NY, led by another strong performance from one of its freshmen. They finished second amongst Big East teams that competed, behind host St John’s who shared the team championship with Winthrop.

Just a week after freshman Doug Stadler earned team medalist honors at the Rutgers Invitational, freshman Andrew Alexander did the same after shooting a three-under-par 67 on the first day which parlayed into a total score of four-over-par. Some may be surprised by another strong performance being turned in early by a first year player, but not Doug Stadler.

“Andrew is a great player. I was not surprised by his performance at all,” Stadler said. “He has a great short game, and he will be a good asset for the cats for all four years.”

Stadler continued his strong play over the weekend finishing tied for 44th with a score of 222.

Other notable Wildcats included senior Colin Mahon and junior Steve Arnold who each finished in 25th place with total scores of 217. Junior Brock Bergman also helped the wildcat effort shooting a 223 for the tournament.

The team wound up shooting 25 strokes lower than they did at the McLaughlin just a year ago. Their final ranking showed slight improvement in the standings from the earlier Rutgers invitational.

The Wildcats are out of action until October 10-11, when they will compete in the James Madison Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va.