Golf Out to Defend Conference Championship

The Liberty League spring championship season gets into full swing on Friday as the 2022 Men’s Golf Championship begins at Turning Stone’s Shenandoah Golf Course in Verona, NY Tee times are set for 1:30 pm.

For the first time since 2019, all seven league teams will compete at the conference Championship with the University of Rochester serving as this year’s host. The Yellowjackets will be joined on the par 72, 6763-yard course by Clarkson University, Hobart College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University and associate member of New York University (NYU).

RPI is the Defending Champion as the Engineers claimed its first title in program history last spring. In two rounds at the 2021 Championship, Rensselaer totaled a team score of 577 (290-287) to eclipse the runner-up in Rochester (591) by 14 strokes. Clarkson (606) narrowly edged out St. Lawrence (609) by three to finish third. The Engineers went on to make the cut at the NCAA Championship for a top-20 finish.

Individually, RPI’s Ryan Quinn garnered medalist Accolades with a two-round score of 139, finishing -5 on the weekend. Overall, the Engineers had four players finish among the top four — Quinn, Thomas Fraser (2nd; 144), Matt Buckley (T-4th; 147) and Griffin Chenard (148).

Heading into this year’s Championship, only three other members have been crowned Liberty League Men’s Golf Champions since the 1995-1996 season — Skidmore (18), Rochester (3), NYU (2) and RPI (1). Since 2015-16; Skidmore, Rochester and RPI have each won one title while NYU claimed back-to-back Championships in 2018 and 2019.

All seven teams met up in October 2021 for the Liberty League Preview at the Shenandoah Course, where NYU earned top honors, carding a two-round team score of 582 (+6). RPI finished second, only two strokes behind NYU with a score of 584. Rochester was third with 600 and Skidmore (609) earned a fourth place showing. The Thoroughbreds were followed by St. Lawrence, Hobart and Clarkson.

Skidmore’s Harry Grosso was the medalist at the event, scoring 139 (71-68) over two rounds. RPI had two individuals finish among the top-five with Joey Harrigan (70-71-141) the runner-up and Trent Han (73-70–143) tying for third. NYU was led by Kevin Kim (71-72-143), who tied for third, and Chris Lee, who finished in sixth (145). Other top-ten finishers included Rochester’s Kerry Wang (5th, 144) and Lewis Raboy (7th, 146) as well as Skidmore’s Evan Forrest (8th, 148) NYU’s Joseph Burlison (9th, 149) and RPI’s Buckley (10th, 150).

Last weekend, NYU, Skidmore and RPI all played in the Farmingdale State Invitational while St. Lawrence and Clarkson played each other in a single round.

NYU won the Farmingdale State tournament with a two-round score of 577 (289-288). Skidmore was second with 592 and RPI was fourth at 597. Burlison was the top finisher among Liberty League teams as the individual runner-up with a 70 in the first round and 73 in the second round (143). He was followed by teammate Kevin Kim, Skidmore’s John Guerra and Sean Hurley, who all tied for third at 144. RPI was led by Harrigan, who tied for ninth with a two-round score of 147.

William Wilson paced the Saints in the single round against Clarkson with a 74 and St. Lawrence won the match with a team score of 306. Clarkson compiled a 321 and Zack Pilarchik tied for second individually with St. Lawrence’s Benjamin Scholes. The duo each recorded 77s.

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