Bobcats Finish 16th at RU – O’Connor gets double reward
By Jeremy Schilling
I’m sure if you asked Sophmore Ian O’Connor how he felt Sunday night after he shot 68, he was probably a very happy camper. After Wednesday, he was a really happy camper.
The Quinnipiac University Bobcats golf team began their fall 2007 season with a disappointing team effort of 16th in the Rutgers University Invitational. But the overriding headline, and focus, has to be on O’Connor. He was mired down the individual leaderboard in a tie for 24th after opening up with 74 and 75 in the first two rounds. However, on that final day, he shot that 68 to vault him up into a tie for 4th, low medalist for the final day, and being able to tell his grandchildren he shot “one of the historically great rounds in Quinnipiac history” according to quinnipiacbobcats.com. In addition, that final round 68, which included five birdies, tied for lowest round of any of the 91 players in the event. Additionally, he was named NEC Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week, one of the most prestigious accomplishments you can ask for when you are a NEC golfer.
Unfortunately, the team didn’t play so well, finishing in a tie for 16th out of the 18 that entered. Individually, O’Connor led the way, followed by Charlie Niland who shot rounds of 83, 76 and 79 for the three-round event. Next were Jason Loranger who had 77, 83, and 79, Andy Feehan with 79, 78, 83, and Ryerson Stinson who shot rounds of 87, 94, and 79.
Coach John O’Connor, sounding very disappointed with his group, said afterward, “The Rutgers event was a tremendous challenge for our golf team. Unfortunately the only golfer to step up was Ian O’Connor. The other guys did not handle the easy course at Rutgers. There was nothing hard about the course. The fairways, roughs and greens were very green and soft and posed no challenge. The course was not long and the greens were not protected by bunkers, trees or water. Everyone should have scored low. This week is a new week and Hanover CC poses a totally different challenge and could be a problem for our team.”
And this weekend brings us to the Dartmouth Invitational up in New Hampshire, where the Bobcats will look to return to the glory of last fall and hope that Ian O’Connor’s good playing continues.