Towson finishes on top in second consecutive tournament
Following its win at the Naval Academy Invitational, Towson played in the Cornell Invitational this weekend. The Tigers competed in a field of 15 teams including rival Drexel.
For the second week in a row, The Tigers held it together for the third and final round of the tournament, and came out with a win. The team carded a round total of 298, beating second-place Drexel by five shots for first.
Keeping the scores close, senior Joe Gunerman and junior Sam Stewart each shot 74. Senior Matt Fry and freshman Juan Veloza tied at 75. Sophomore Ryan Siegler was just two shots back with a 76.
“It’s great because we have five guys who are really good and it’s fun knowing we can go in and win,” Gunerman said. “We have great coaches and great players and that makes it pretty easy.”
Sunday morning the team finished strong with a 13-stroke difference from the first round, shooting 292 as opposed to 305 in the first round.
“We caught fire early on in the second round,” Fry said.
Fry carded a 70, followed by Veloza with a 72. Gunerman and Siegler were three shots back at 75, and Stewart shot a 76.
Veloza used momentum from last week tying Gunerman with a low score of 75 in the first round.
Siegler shot a 77 during the first round on Saturday. Stewart and Fry followed with 78.
The Tigers were scheduled to play 36 holes the first day, but due to rainy conditions the team only completed 27 holes.
“The conditions were tough, which led to big numbers. There was a stiff wind left to right on the last hole which made it a tough finishing hole,” Fry said.
”Our short game was really good, but the greens were much faster than we’re used to,” Stewart added.
Though conditions proved challenging, the Tigers were leading after the first round.
The Tigers will head to Williamsburg, Va. for the Joe Agee Invitational. The invitational will take place Sept. 30 through Oct. 1.