Golf Stumbles in Regular Season Finale


The Rams look to rebound for a stronger performance at A-10s. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

The Fordham golf team finished 12th out of 15 teams at the one-day, 36-hole Yale Spring Invitational on Saturday, April 17. The Rams have faltered all spring long, beating a total of seven teams across their three events in the second half of their season. It’s been a concerning spring as the Rams head into the Atlantic 10 Championship at the end of the month.
Fordham shot a 302 in round one and a 305 in round two, totaling a 47-over-par score for both rounds. Fordham was two shots shy of Niagara University for 11th place besting Brown University by 18 shots. Par for each round was 280, and the winners and hosts Yale shot a 280 in the second round for the lowest round of the day. The Bulldogs shot two spots up the leaderboard in the second round, passing Temple University by just two shots. The first round leader was the Crusaders from College of the Holy Cross, who shot a 287 in round one but a 304 in round two to finish in ninth place overall.

The player leaderboard was led by Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa from Drexel University, who fired an even-par 70 in round one and the round of the tournament in round two with a three-under 67. He beat Marcus Lim from Sacred Heart University by just one shot. Siena College’s Nolan Crowley shot 31 spots up the leaderboard in round two, matching Nyamukondiwa’s 67 to finish in a tie for fifth place at two-over par. Siena jumped two spots up the team leaderboard with much thanks to Crowley after the second 18 holes.

As for Fordham, junior John Kryscio led the Rams with a t-36 finish, shooting matching 75s to finish at 10-over. Kryscio was the leader of the Rams in spring 2021 and has struggled in both halves of this season. This was hardly a prime Kryscio performance, but it was a step in the right direction for the junior. Freshman Ryan Davis shot a team-best 74 in round one, but struggled in round two with a 77 to finish in a tie for 44th. Junior Nicholas Manning shot matching 76s, junior PJ O’Rourke with matching 77s while freshman Garret Brown shot an 82 and then a 77. The disappointment was O’Rourke, who finished top-5 at Lafayette and won A-10 player of the week, but slipped all the way to 55th at Yale
The Rams will look to improve on their ninth-place finish from last year at the A-10s but have not had the spring they intentend thus far. Next year marks the departures of seniors Kryscio, O’Rourke, junior Andreas Aivazoglou and Manning, Fordham needs to head into the 2022-23 campaign with confidence that they can place in the top five at the A-10 championship next year.