With just a partial team available, three Tompkins Cortland golfers competed as individuals at the Mohawk Valley Invite on Friday. Playing at the Oneida Community Golf Course. Sean McDaniel (Dryden/Dryden H.S.) carded a 97 and Jacob Beber (Fort Ann/Fort Ann H.S.) came in at 102 for the men while Mackenzie Constable (Sidney/Sidney H.S.) finished fifth among nine female golfers with a 119.
The weekend ended with a solid showing by the Tompkins Cortland golf team at the Panthers Invitational Sunday at Elm Tree Golf Course. With four golfers scoring in the 80s, the Panthers took fourth out of nine teams with a score of 334. Cayuga Community College won the event with 403. Cayuga Community College won the event with a 312, just one stroke ahead of Niagara County Community College. Hudson Valley Community College was third with a 322.
Three members of the Panthers golf team took part in the Onondaga Tournament on Saturday, getting the opportunity to play the course that will be used for the Region III Championship Tournament in May. Jake Woods (Cortland/Cortland H.S.) was the top scoring Panther with an 89 with Garrett Davenport (Newfield/Ithaca H.S.) one back at 90. Jacob Beber (Fort Ann/Fort Ann H.S.) came in at an even 100.
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.
In 2008, Tompkins Cortland Community College golfer Kris Boyes used a big final day to rally from eight place at the start of the day to win the NJCAA Division III National title in a playoff. Boyes’ fantastic finish gave Tompkins Cortland golf its first, and only, national champion. Until now. Ten years after Boyes rallied for his title, Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.) posted the best score of the championship on Friday, extending the one-stroke lead he held entering Friday to a dominating nine-stroke victory.