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Rider at FDU Invitational - Day One

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: October 24, 2011
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Rider at FDU Invitational - Day One

BASKING RIDGE--The Rider University golf team is competing at the two-day Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Golf Invitational, held at the par 72, 6,761 yard New Jersey National course in Basking Ridge and the Broncs are in eighth place out of nine teams after day one, shooting a 336.

"It was a tough day today," said head coach Bob Whartenby.  "The course was set up really hard.  Not one team broke 300 which is very unusual."

For Rider on Monday morning, freshman Cole Clark (Califon/Voorhees) shot an 81 and is tied for 27th place out of 55 golfers after the first 18 holes.

"Cole played well and made key puts to keep his round going," said Whartenby.  "He didn't make any big numbers and that definitely helped him out."

Also for the Broncs, sophomore James Buttermark (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) shot an 84 and is tied with teammate, freshman Luke Liddell (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) for 41st place.

Senior Chris Wolak (Issaquah, Wash./Hopkinton) is in 46th place after an opening round 87 and junior Chris Foster (Pittsgrove/Schalick) is tied for 50th after a round of 91.

"We got off to a poor start but we finished strong," Whartenby added.  "We came back and pulled it together after a couple of 9s in the beginning."

Fordham shot a 302 and is in first place with Fairleigh Dickinson one shot behind with a 303.  Saint Peter's shot a 309 and is in third place followed by Monmouth (313), Hofstra (317), Iona (320) and Wagner (326).  St. Francis (NY) is in ninth place with a score of 357.

This is Rider's final tournament of the fall 2011 season with the last 18 holes taking place Tuesday morning.

"I want the team to finish strong, shoot maybe below a 310, somewhere in that area," said Whartenby.  "We've had a really, really young team this fall and the more repetitions they get and the more rounds they shoot, the more consistent they will be."


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