Golfers Open Season With Fifth-Place Finish

Sean McDaniel (Photo credit: Darl Zehr Photography)
Sean McDaniel (Photo credit: Darl Zehr Photography)

The first tournament of the season always brings it with it the chance of less-than-ideal conditions. The 2019 season-opener was no different, as the NJCAA Region III schedule teed off Friday at the Nicholas J. DeSocio Memorial Invite, hosted by Cayuga Community College at the Highland Park Golf Course in Auburn. With eight teams battling 30+ mph winds and fast greens, the Panthers came in with a fifth-place finish with a score of 403. Niagara County Community College won the event with a 356, six strokes ahead of the host school.

Jake Woods (Cortland/Cortland H.S.) led the Panthers and finished with the sixth-best score of the tournament with an 87. Garrett Davenport (Newfield/Ithaca H.S.) followed at 103 with Sean McDaniel (Dryden/Dryden H.S.) next at 104. Jacob Beber (Fort Ann/Fort Ann H.S.) rounded out the team with a 109.

Mackenzie Constable (Sidney/Sidney H.S.) was one of four female golfers to compete. She carded a score of 142 in her collegiate debut.

The Panthers take part in the Onondaga Community College tournament Saturday, held at Timber Banks Golf Course in Baldwinsville.

Nicholas J. DeSocio Memorial Invite Results, Highland Park Golf Course, Par 71

1. Niagara 356
2. Cayuga 362
3. Onondaga 365
4. Herkimer 369
5. Tompkins Cortland 403
6. Jefferson 424
7. Jamestown 487
8. Genesee Inc.