March 29, 2014

Spartans Battle Elements and Sit Third at McDaniel Invitational

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – The York College golf team weathered incredibly wet conditions in the opening round of the McDaniel Spring Invitational at The Bridges Golf Club in Abbottstown, PA on Saturday afternoon.

The tournament boasts one of the best fields on the east coast as the Spartans are participating in the tournament for the first time. York sits third behind a pair of national powers as St. John's Fisher and Rochester currently hold down first and second in the tournament. St. John's Fisher shot 305 while Rochester was two strokes back at 307. York totaled 315 in their opening round.

What makes the Spartans' day very impressive is when they played their round. The Spartans were in the afternoon flight of teams as conditions deteriorated throughout the day. Fisher and Rochester played in relatively benign conditions in the morning. Heavy rains began to inundate the golf course as the afternoon progressed, making play increasingly difficult as the round wore on.

The Spartans' 315 led the afternoon flight with F&M recording a team score of 324 to finish second among the afternoon teams.

Junior David Boslough (Dalton, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) led the Spartans with a three-over-par 75 as he sits in third place. He was tops among the afternoon players by three strokes. Boslough was four over on the front nine but started the back nine with back-to-back birdies. He birdied 16, bogeyed 17 and then birdied 18 to shot a one-under-par 35 on the back.

Freshman Anthony Wagner (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) finished three strokes back of Boslough as he carded a six-over 78. Wagner went three over on holes one and two but bounced back to par the next seven holes to complete the front side in 39. Wagner bogeyed 11, 15 and 16 as he shot 39 on the second nine for his 78. Wagner is tied for ninth after his opening round.

Senior Kevin Long (Webster, N.Y./Webster-Thomas) was the third Spartan finisher as he shot an eight-over-par 80 to finish the first round tied for 16th in the 89-player field. Senior Matt Storck (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) was the Spartans' other scorer, as he placed 33rd with a ten-over-par 82. Ryan Wolbach (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) was the Spartans' fifth player as he shot an 83 to tie for 41st.

The tournament's second round is schedule to be held on Sunday but the heavy rain in the Mid-Atlantic region is putting the round in jeopardy. The Spartans are slated to be a part of Sunday's afternoon flight if the tournament continues.

David Boslough photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications

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