Golf Opens Fall Season at Ryan Lee Memorial


O’Rourke led the pack of Fordham Golfers this past week. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Fordham Golf kicked off their fall campaign this past weekend at the Ryan Lee Memorial in Kensington, Conn. The Rams finished in 12th place out of 17 teams over the two-day event, with Sacred Heart University ultimately taking home the top prize.

For Fordham, their effort was led by senior P.J. O’Rourke, who came in at three-under-68 after day one on Saturday. Senior Nicholas Manning also contributed to Fordham’s cause, finishing Saturday at one-over-par.
Needing to pick things up on day two, Fordham once again looked towards O’Rourke to do the heavy lifting.

Finishing in a three-way tie for 18th place at two-under-par with Fairfield University’s Killian McGinley and the University of Pennsylvania’s John Richardson, O’Rourke was Fordham’s top individual finisher.

Manning and sophomore Jake Mrva placed in an 11-way tie for 51st place at three-over-par. Also for the Rams, sophomore Chris Konefal wrapped up play tied for 66th place at five-over, alongside Jason Salameno of Fairfield and William Sung of Columbia University.
The last finisher for Fordham was senior Andreas Aivazoglou, who tied for 87th place at 16-over with Bryant University’s Patrick Fennelly.

The champions, Sacred Heart, were led by three finishers in the top five. Marcus Lim won the individual competition outright with an impressive 10-under-par score. Behind him were two of his fellow Pioneers, Jason Pelley and Eoin Freeman. Pelley tied for second place at eight-under-par and Freeman tied for fifth at five-under.

As a group, the Rams came in at nine-over-par. Fordham’s 12th place finish placed them in a tie with the University of Pennsylvania, one place above Rider University and one spot below Wagner College. This placement also represented a slight regression from last season, when the Rams finished 10th out of 16 teams at the Ryan Lee Memorial.
The Rams will continue competition next Monday, where they will open the two-day Hartford Hawks Invite in Connecticut.

The following weekend, the Rams continues their string of action in Connecticut in the Macdonald Cup hosted by Yale University. The fall season is then rounded out with Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 24 and the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Championship hosted by Wagner University on Oct. 31.