April 5, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army golf team will continue its spring season, Sunday and Monday at the Lafayette Invitational at Northampton Country Club in Easton, Pa.
Army is coming off a 10th-place finish at the Wildcat Invitational at White Manor Country Club on Tuesday.
The Black Knights will send senior Matt Philie, juniors Brandon Baerwaldt and Harrison Florence, sophomore Robby Hill and freshman Marcus Plunkett to Pennsylvania for the 36-hole event with 18 holes on Sunday and 18 on Monday.
In addition to Army and host Lafayette, the tournament field includes Bucknell, Central Connecticut, Drexel, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hofstra, Iona, Lehigh, Manhattan, Monmouth, Niagara, Rider, Siena, St. Francis, St. Joseph’s, St. Peter’s and Wagner. Northampton Country Club will play to a par of 72 at 6,548 yards.
Plunkett finished eight at the Wildcat, his second career top-10 showing and is averaging a 76 through 20 rounds this season. Philie is averaging a 78 after 11 rounds while Florence is averaging a 79 in 12 rounds. Hill and Baerwaldt both are averaging an 80.
The Lafayette Invitational marks Army’s fourth event of the spring season. In addition to the Wildcat Invitational, Army placed seventh at the Triumph at Pauma Valley and sixth at the Gary Freeman Bethune Cookman Invitational
“Everybody has had the opportunity to compete,” said Army coach golf Brian Watts. “The guys are getting reps and competitive rounds. We have to make sure they are peaking at the right time at the end of the month. Now that the weather has changed and we are able to be outside consistently, everyone has had a chance to work on their game and I think you will see improvements over the course of the next three weeks.”
Following the Lafayette Invitational, Army will host the 36-hole Last Chance Classic April 14 at West Point Golf Course.
The Patriot League Championships are scheduled for April 27 and 28 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., with the winning team earning an NCAA bid.
Army was picked second in the Patriot League Men’s Golf Championship poll, collecting a league-best eight first-place votes and 65 points. Navy had two fewer first-place votes but 66 points. Lehigh was selected third with 48 points, followed by Bucknell (41), Lafayette (38), Colgate (21) and Holy Cross (15). Men’s coaches and sports information directors, who were not allowed to vote for their own team, participated in the poll.