The best result for UR at the Hershey Cup, PA


HERSHEY, PA- Playing through a steady rain for most of the round, the University of Rochester golf team struggled on day two, firing a 2nd round score of 322 to finish in 8th place at the Hershey Cup Tournament at Hershey C.C.

Leading the way for Rochester was freshman Matt van Niekerk who carded a second round 75 (+4) to finish in a tie for 5th place with a two day total of 152. After finding the water hazard on the first hole, Matt showed real determination and grit fighting back against all the elements and recording lowest  back-9 score of 35 for the day.

Number one seeded senior Nick Palladino shot 82 and finished in a tie for 11th,  Jona Scott’s 82 along with Will Mallia’s 83 counted towards Rochester’s score.  Sophomore G.W. VanderZwaag rode a strong first round to finish in T-46th with a 164 two day total.

The Yellowjackets shot 10 strokes worse than the first round 312 from Sunday, placing in the middle of the 15 team field.
McDaniel College was impressive on Monday, shooting a 300, six strokes better than the next closest team to take the team title with a two-day score of 606.  St. John Fisher was second and Allegheny was third.

McDaniel’s Alex Kane took home medalist honors after shooting the only under par round of the tournament, a 70 (-1) on Monday to finish with a combined score of 143 for the two days.  Allegheny’s Oliver White (149) and James Lasher (150) finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Dom Schumacher was 11th after a day two 80 playing as an individual.  Joe Malone finished in 71st place for UR.

The Yellowjackets look to rebound next weekend at the NYU/Manhattanville Invitational on April 12th and 13th.