Opening tempest

On a cold and windy Sunday morning in Hershey, P.A., the RPI men’s golf team opened their competitive spring season with a conquest for the Hershey Cup, which pitted them against 14 other colleges also seeking the treasure. After the first day on the course, the Engineers shot 333 to finish eighth. They improved to fourth overall on Monday after scoring 311.

Senior Craig Bokenfohr led the Engineers on the par-71 East Course at Hershey Country Club in 15th place with nine-over-par after Sunday. Junior Andrew Galvin and senior team captain Jamie Jackson both achieved 12-over-pars and junior Aaron Schauger shot 17-over-par. The scores from these four golfers are what counted toward the combined team score of 333.

Back on the course on Monday, the Engineers climbed the rankings to come within sniffing distance of their nationally-ranked opponents. Jackson shot six birdies to help him get a four-over-par and finish 16-over for the weekend, putting him in 14th overall with a two-day total of 158. Bokenfohr repeated his nine-over par performance from Sunday to finish 160, and Galvin also scored 160 from going 83-77.

The Engineers finished with a combined two-day total of 644. Carnegie Mellon University won the championship with 624, and Allegheny College and the University of Rochester were second and third, respectively.

“This finish placed RPI ahead of two teams ranked in the top 50 in the country including St. John Fisher College and Franklin & Marshall University,” said Jackson. “Going forward, we hope to carry this momentum from our second round at the Hershey Cup to piece two rounds together and get a win at the NYU Invitational next weekend.”

The invitational begins this Saturday and lasts through Sunday. It will be held at the Forest Hills Field Club in Bloomfield, New Jersey.