Golf Places Program- Best Fourth at Big Sky Championships

DJ Griffiths and Justin Lane

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Binghamton golf team closed out its 2021-22 season in historic fashion.

Playing in the third and final day of the Big Sky Championships at the Talking Stick Golf Club on Wednesday, the Bearcats recorded the lowest team score for the second day in a row. In the final team standings, Binghamton placed fourth out of seven teams.

The fourth-place team finish is the Bearcats’ highest at the Big Sky Championships since they joined the conference in 2015. Binghamton had finished as high as the sixth place in four of its previous six trips to the event.

In addition, Seniors Justin Lane and DJ Griffiths concluded their Careers with top-five finishes at the Championships and earned spots on the Big Sky Conference All-Tournament Team. Lane tied for second place with a score of 74-70-68 = 212 / + 2 over par. Griffiths, Meanwhile, shot a 79-68-68 = 215 / + 5 over par. The 68s fired by Lane and Griffiths during Wednesday’s final round marked the lowest individual scores by any golfer in the field.

This marks the first time that Binghamton has landed a golfer on the Big Sky All-Tournament Team. The previous best finish by a Bearcat at the event was seventh place, by Kyle Wambold in 2016. In addition, Lane’s second-place finish is the highest by a Binghamton golfer at any event since Ryan Rodriguez won the 2019 Navy Spring Invitational.

“Today was another great day for our team and I am proud of the way Justin and DJ closed out their college careers,” Head Coach Bernie Herceg said. “It’s too bad that we struggled in the first round but everyone played very well in the past two days.”

Lane’s finish marked the third Top-10 performance that he has recorded at the Big Sky Championships. He tied for 10th in 2018 and was eighth last year. Earlier this week, Lane was named the Honorable Mention All-Conference by the Big Sky for the 2021-22 season.

Griffiths, Meanwhile, recorded his first Top-10 finish at the Big Sky Championships. He tied for 12th place in 2019.

Junior Evan Sitts concluded a solid first trip to the Big Sky Championships by tying for 13th place overall. They ended with a score of 74-75-70 = 219 / + 9 over par.

Wednesday’s round also marked the final Collegiate round for senior Nacho Glagovsky, who placed 29th overall (228). Freshman Shawn ColellaMeanwhile, tied for 31st place (231) in his first appearance at the conference Championships.

Medalist honors went to Reese Fisher of Weber State, whose first-place score was 206 / -4 under par. He led the Wildcats to the team title with an overall score of 864. Northern Colorado finished a stroke back (865), followed by Sacramento State (866) and Binghamton (869).

Overcoming a rough first day at the Big Sky Championships not only ended the Bearcats ’season on a high note but also gave them a momentum heading into the future.

“It was fun,” Lane said. “The team was resilient and came back after a tough first day to have the lowest scores in the next two days. It’s a good experience for Shawn and Evan going forward with a new team in the future. It was nice for a DJ and I have to a solid finish in our final event. “

“It was a memorable final tournament,” Griffiths said. “We came back great in the final two rounds showing some of our true capabilities. I had a blast this week and am Thankful for everything Binghamton Athletics has given me. I hope these last two rounds show a true glimpse to what is possible in the future for Binghamton golf. “

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