Bobcats Play Two, Get Two Top-Five Finishes, Plus a Winner
By Jeremy Schilling
As bathing suits returned to the quad last week, so did the Quinnipiac University golf team, as they had two top-five finishes in events played three days apart. They started off their week on Tuesday, April 24 with the St. Peter’s Invitational at the Neshanik Valley Golf Club, in Neshanik, NJ, where they came out 5th. The Bobcats shot a team score of 326, 15 shots behind winner Rider University. In the individual portion of the competition, another Rider player was victorious, with Tyler Brewington shooting a 71 to take the title.
Individually for QU, Brady Giroux shot a 75 and finished in a tie for second among all the players in the tournament. He was followed by Ian O’Connor with 79, Ben Cook with 85, Jason Loranger with 87, and Kyle Chumas with 92.
Just three days later the Bobcats went up to the Green Valley Country Club in Portsmouth, Rhode Island to compete in the Northeast Invitational. The team came out fourth, but Steve Velardi won the individual portion of the competition. However, let’s begin with the team portion, where one of the most unusual things in college golf occurred: a round was shortened to nine holes. The first round, held on April 27th, was cut short because of rain, so only the first 9 holes played counted. On the second day, on April 28th, however, everything went on as planned, and a full 18 holes were played. The end result: 29 holes decided the winner. In the end, the University of Rhode Island won the team event with a 29-hole score of 446. The Bobcats came in 4th, but only seven strokes back, shooting a 453.
Individually, Steve Velardi led everyone, shooting 35 on day one and 72 on day two for a total of one-over-par 101, one stroke better than five others. One of those five was the Bobcats’ own Eric Snow. For the Bobcats, he was followed by Ian O’Connor with 118, Ben Cook with 120, and Kyle Chumas with 126.
Head Coach John O’Connor was unavailable for comment this week, but for good reason, as the Bobcats left earlier this week for the NEC Conference Championships in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to be held May 4-7. Even though the Sea Trail golf course is sure to be a challenging course for all the teams involved, the Bobcats definitely seem to be peaking at the right time.