After a slow start to the season, the Oswego State golf team managed to call their clubs and put in their best performance at the Elmira Fall Invitational last week, September 13. The Lakers finished second out of 12 teams to score a total of 328 (+40), losing by three strokes to SUNY Canton (+37).
It’s no surprise that Oswego State has been able to take a second place as it has been scoring low at the Elmira Country Club over the past six seasons, finishing five first-place finishes and two second-place finishes in the period.
Ryan Fico and Jake Owens were big reasons why the Lakers were able to shoot low and finish second. Fecco continued his dominance of the tournament scoring 77 (+5) on the scorecard leaving him tied for second place to singles players. Fecco lost by one stroke to Jake Hess of SUNY Canton. In the first four invitations of the season, Fecco finished in the top three in all of them. Fellow Owens also looked dominant as he finished one stroke behind Fecco as he shot 78 (+6) putting him in a three-way tie with fourth for the singles. This is the third consecutive tournament that Owens has placed in the top ten. Owens was able to reflect on his performance through the first four invitations.
“I was taking a lot of very close shots with a short iron, and I made good scoring positions,” Owens said. “My weakness was shooting, if you don’t shoot, there’s no way to score.”
Fecco and Owens weren’t the only ones who contributed to Laker’s success at Elmira Country Club. Tyler Kozlowski ended the tie in 18th place with a score of 85 (+13). Tyler Donoghue and Max Mastrogiacomo finished tied for 25th in Round 88 (+16). it was there
59 players in the country of invitation and Oswego managed to finish all five golfers in the first half in the individual standings.
After inviting the Elmira Fall Invitational, the Lakers are taking an 11-day break, and will be gearing up to host the 24th Oswego Fall Invite this weekend on September 24-25. This call will take place at Laker’s Main Course, Oswego Country Club which is 71 par-71 and 6,410 yards long.
Owens set a few goals for the team as well as an individual goal for the next home call.
“Team goals, we have to lower our totals and get some wins before the season is over,” Owens said. “Individually, I would like to win the championship at home this weekend, I think I am in a good place to do that.”
Last year, Oswego State finished second on its home course, posting a score of 640 (+72) for the team, losing to Hamilton College by 13 strokes. Mastrogiacomo and Owens were key players on last year’s Lakers during the event as Mastrogiacomo finished third (+15) and Owens tied for fifth (+16).
Coach Mike Howard will be looking to improve on the Laker home course from last year. Howard has impressed with his players so far but believes the team can improve in some aspects.
“Managing the golden cycle we can improve, we’ve done a few things in practice to help them with that,” Howard said. “I just make sure we keep the ball in play and not take penalties.”
Howard has his team eager and ready to defend Laker Stadium this weekend.
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