Golf Wraps Up Regular Season in Pennsylvania


PJ O”Rourke led the Rams, ranking 15th overall as Fordham finished 11th out of 18 teams. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

After a second-place finish in the Monmouth Hawk Invitational on Tuesday, April 4, Fordham Men’s Golf traveled to Easton, Pa. at Northampton Country Club for the Abarta Coca-Cola Collegiate Invitational where they would finish 11th out of the 18 school pool. This was Fordham’s final meeting before the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.

The Rams were led by seniors P.J. O’Rourke and Andreas Aivazoglou, who both etched one-under scores and both sat in a share of 16th place at the conclusion of round one on Sunday. O’Rourke, after a rocky first hole double-bogey, tallied five birdies in an exceptional opening performance. Aivazoglou continued the birdie trend stroking three of his own and capped it all off by paring his last 14 straight holes. Sophomores Chris Konefal and Jake Mrva just missed the par mark, carding final tallies of 72 and 77 respectively.

To round out the round one action, last week’s A-10 Golfer of the Week after his second-place finish in the Monmouth Invitational, Nicholas Manning, completed his round with a score of 81 and senior John Kryscio followed behind with an 84. The Rams slotted in 12th place in overall standing with a 9 a.m. tee time schedule for Monday.

Day two once again showed an excellent performance from O’Rourke. The senior notched a 74 in his second round to put him 15th on the leaderboard for the tournament. Mrva led the charge for the Rams on Monday shooting three-under, jumping the sophomore way up the ladder to 25th place overall. Four birdies and an impressive eagle lead the way to a career-low round for Mrva. Manning, although delivering a dominant first fourteen holes, finished his weekend in a share of 86th place with Konefal. Fordham would go on to finish 11th out of 18 programs as Lehigh University took home the title registering a team score of 270, which is good for a cumulative six-under.

The Arbata Coca-Cola Collegiate Invitational is the last outing for the Rams of the regular season as focus shifts now toward the A-10 Conference Tournament. Fordham will make the trip down to Kissimmee, Fla. at Reunion Resort on April 27 for a chance at a conference title.