September 25, 2011

Golfers Shave Strokes At Dowling Shootout


RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- All five starters on the Felician College men's golf team posted a season-best 36-hole total during the Dowling College September Shootout, held Saturday and Sunday at Long Island National Golf Club. As a result, Felician shot its best 36-hole team total by 47 strokes and defeated opponents at an invitational for the first time this season.

For the third consecutive tournament, junior Barry Tsouhnikas (Clifton, NJ) was the low Golden Falcon. On the par-71, 6,945-yard course, Tsouhnikas shot 76 on Saturday and followed up with 83 for a +17 total of 159. He tied for 42nd place out of 90 entrants. The 76 was the second-lowest 18-hole round by a Golden Falcon this season.

Junior transfer Elliott Gdanski (Niagara Falls, Ontario) was one stroke behind Tshounikas. Gdanski followed his 82 on Saturday with a season-best 78 on Sunday for a 160 and a tie for 45th place.

Also competing for Felician were junior Matt Smith (Gibbstown, NJ) (85-86-171, 75th), senior and first-year player Jimmy Simpson (Biscayne Park, FL) (99-92-191, 82nd), and junior and first-year player Anthony Bizien (Hazlet, NJ) (128-131-259, 85th).

Felician's team score of 342-339-681 was good for 16th place out of 18 schools, as the Golden Falcons defeated New Jersey City University and Purchase College. St. Thomas Aquinas College (289-291-580, +12) was 12 strokes better than Post University for the team title, and Kurt Brey of host Dowling defeated Jeff Schaller of Concordia (N.Y.) College in a playoff after the duo tied for medalist honors with even-par 142.