Van Niekerk is RunnerUp at NYU Invitational


Final Scores

BLOOMFIELD, NJ- Freshman Matt van Niekerk fired a one-over 72 on his way to a runner up finish at the NYU/Manhattanville Spring Invitational on Sunday, helping the Yellowjackets capture third place in the 12 team field.
Van Niekerk reached a playoff after a two day score of 144 (+2) but fell in that playoff to Grant Raffel of Williams College who shot 73 on Sunday after an even par round of 71 on Saturday.

Rochester as a team shot four strokes better on day two, compiling a four-man score of 301 on Sunday ending with a 606 total for the two day tournament.  Williams took home the team title with a score of 590 and Middlebury was second with a 591.

Besides van Niekerk’s runner up finish, senior Nick Palladino ended tied for 19th with a two day 152 after a 76 on Sunday.  Jona Scott also carded a 76 on Sunday ending with a 154 score for the tournament, good for T25th.

Sophomore Dominick Schumacher shot 77 on day two along with senior Will Mallia as the other UR scorers.  Schumacher ended T31st with a 156 score and Mallia was T45th.

Playing as an individual, sophomore G.W. VanderZwaag shot 78 on Sunday and was T27th with his two day total of 155.

Rochester’s next tournament will be the Notre Dame Invitational at Oak Hill C.C. next Monday and Tuesday.  The 6-team field will feature five Division I schools and UR.