The Hobart College golf team finished in seventh place at the Liberty League Championship, competing in the third and fourth rounds this weekend. Seventy-two holes were not enough to decide the conference champion. Skidmore College needed a one-hole team playoff to defeat the University of Rochester to retain the championship at Timber Banks Golf Club.
The format of the championship consisted of 72 holes – 36 in the fall, which were held at Potsdam Country Club in September, and 36 this weekend at Timber Banks.
The Thoroughbreds compiled a 72-hole team score of 1,225 and earned their 18th Liberty League/UCAA men’s golf title and receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship, May 10-13, at Midvale Country Club and Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester finished tied for first at 1,225. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1,237) finished third, edging St. Lawrence University (1,238) by one shot. Clarkson University (1,296) and NYU (1,296) tied for fifth with Hobart College (1,406) finishing seventh after competing with just four players during the final two rounds due to an injury withdrawal.
Junior Harry Hagen led the Statesmen in both rounds this weekend, carding an 88 on Saturday and improving by two strokes for an 86 today. He closed out his Sunday round with a birdie on the 18th hole. Hagen finished 28th out of the golfers who played all 72 holes. First-year Griffin Thrush recorded a 91 on Saturday and a 96 on Sunday to finish 29th. Senior Jay Puleo posted a 92 in his first 18 of the weekend, and cut his score by two strokes shooting a 90 this afternoon. He finished 30th. Senior Joshua Malenick was the Statesmen’s fourth golfer this weekend. He registered a 95 in both rounds.
The Statesmen will be back in action April 30-May 1, when they compete in the Laker Spring Tournament at Oswego Country Club to complete their season.