This week’s athletes of the week are the RPI men’s golf team. This past weekend, the Engineers won the team competition at the Williams Fall Invitational. The event featured 19 teams from around the northeast, two of which came from Williams College, the host school. After finishing in a tie for fourth after day one with a combined score of 304(20+), the Engineers climbed out of a seven shot deficit to win by two with a clutch second round total of 294 (+10). This was the second consecutive win for the golf team, as it also won its previous tournament, the Duke Nelson, the week before.
In the individual competition, RPI junior Jamie Jackson earned medalist honors for the second consecutive week by shooting the lowest two-day total of any golfer in the tournament. After shooting a tournament-best 70 on Saturday, Jackson held on for a one-stroke win with a final round 75. Engineer senior captain Brandon Mader shot rounds of 78 and 71 to finish in a tie for seventh—(only one person scored lower on day two. Senior Michael Souliotis also improved dramatically between rounds one and two, finishing with rounds of 80 and 72 to place him in a tie for 18th. Junior Craig Bokenfohr shot rounds of 76 and 79 to finish in a tie for 33rd. Sophomore Andrew Galvin finished with a two-day total of 156, one back of Bokenfohr in a tie for 36th.