Golf Ends Fall on High Note at Metropolitan Intercollegiate Championship

Led by captain Nicholas Manning’s terrific first 18, Fordham Golf finished second at the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Championship, its best finish since 2017, to enter the winter break with momentum as the A-10 Championship waits on the other end of the calendar.


Manning’s career-best showing pushed the Rams to a second-place finish in West Orange. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

This season for Fordham Golf has been full of improvements from their last fall season in 2019. They improved on almost every mutual event, ending with a tie for second place in this week’s Metropolitan Intercollegiate Championship. The event was hosted by Wagner College at Montclair Golf Club in West Orange, New Jersey. They tied for second place with a 27-hole score of 449, even with Robert Morris University, and fell to only Columbia University who won with a score of 439. 

Individually, junior captain Nicholas Manning led the way for the Rams. He was three-under through his first 18 holes, falling back a little bit on the final nine to finish T-4 with a score of 109. The Bedford, Massachusetts native shot a 67 in his first 18 holes, the best round of his career. His previous low came from his freshman fall at the Quechee Invitational where he shot a 70 and placed in a tie for 16th. Manning’s improvement in this event gives the Rams hope for their A-10 competition in the spring. 

Junior Andreas Aivazoglou also performed well, finishing T-11 with a score of 111. He has posted a career year in 2021, both last spring and this fall. All of his career bests in his three years at Fordham have come from this calendar year. He will be the Rams’ top player heading into the spring season as they look to continue their improvement for the A-10s. 

Junior John Kryscio finished a rough fall with a nice finish, 114 (T-23). Senior Ryan Davis also played well in this event after missing the Lehigh Invitational. Garret Brown rounded out the squad with a score of 128 in his first collegiate event, good enough for 57th. The freshman from West Hartford, Connecticut was a two-time captain for his high school team and looks to become a key piece in the years going forward. 

There was a three-way tie for first place between Pat Healy and Wyatt McGovern from Columbia and Robert Morris’ Josh Nagy, with 107 strokes through the 27 holes. They played two playoff holes until things were suspended for darkness with Healy being declared the winner. Nagy provided the round of the day as he battled his way into the tie at the top with a three-under 32 in the final nine holes. 

The Rams head into the winter break with a great taste in their mouth. A T-2 finish in the event was their best since their first-place finish in the Ryan Lee Memorial in 2017. They will now have some high expectations for the spring with the A-10 Championship waiting on the other side.