RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University men's golf team will compete in the 2017-18 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship tournament on Sunday and Monday, October 1 and 2. The event will be hosted by Wilmington (Del.) University at Back Creek Golf Club in Middletown, Del. The tournament is slated for 36 holes, with one 18-hole round to be played each day.
Sunday's championship round will begin at 1:15 p.m., while play will commence on Monday at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start both days. The CACC, in partnership with CollegeTV Ticket, expects to supply free live streaming video. More information is available at www.caccathletics.org/sports/golf/2017-18/releases/928Champ.
For the first time, the CACC will contest its men's golf championship tournament during the fall semester.
"It's very exciting to see our conference make this move," said Felician head coach Ben DiNallo Jr. "It's more than likely that we will be blessed with very good weather. That should enhance the level of play throughout the field."
DiNallo, in his 13th season, is the only coach in program history. In the 2016-17 CACC Tournament, held in April, Felician finished in fifth place. Then-freshman Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) tied for third among individuals and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Each of the nine conference schools is allowed to enter five players, with the top four scores each day comprising its team score. Felician will submit a line-up consisting of Storako, junior Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) and seniors Chris Bekefi (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North), Andrew Capone (Denville, N.J./Parsippany Hills), and Tommy Giunta (Jackson, N.J./Marlboro). Giunta will be making his first conference tournament appearance.
"We bring back four competitors who are experienced in collegiate tournament play," DiNallo said. "All of them have played well on the host course in the past.
Storako set the single-season Golden-Falcon record for stroke average as a freshman with 77.16, and is at 81.00 thus far in 2017-18. Keiser enjoyed a breakout performance in the 2016 CACC Tournament, shooting 78-78 and placing ninth, and followed by averaging 80.16 last year and 83.25 so far this year.
Capone was 25th and Bekefi 30th in last season's CACC Tournament.
"Back Creek requires players to be patient," DiNallo said. "There are some holes where a player can look to score, but he has to bide his time."
The top five individual finishers, plus ties, after Monday's round will be named CACC All-Tournament.
Storako holds the Felician single-round event record (71). Andrew Geesey set the school tournament 36-hole mark of 145 on his way to the individual championship in 2016.