LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – Sophomore Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) shot an even-par 72 to earn medalist honors and lead the Felician University men's golf team to an improbable championship of the Seventh Annual Jefferson Classic, hosted by the Jefferson Rams (formerly Philadelphia University) on Tuesday at the ACE Club.
Felician was playing its final tournament of the 2017-18 season, and the final event in the careers of seniors and four-year veterans Chris Bekefi (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) and Andrew Capone (Denville, N.J./Parsippany Hills).
The Golden Falcons had not finished better than fourth from the bottom in any of their previous eight tournaments this season. In fact Felician ended up in last place in the team standings at the conclusion of their last four events, dating back to October 9-10, 2017. But on Tuesday at the par-72, 7,108-yard ACE Club, Storako and his teammates got off to a hot start in the 12-team, 18-hole tournament.
The shotgun start saw Storako tee off for his round on the sixth hole. He started the day with a three on the sixth and another three on seven. After a pair of fives, he managed a 38 on the back nine.
Storako circled back to the first hole and finished his round with a five-hole flurry of 3-4-4-3-4 to shoot par for the first time as a collegian. He was the medalist by three shots over runner-up Ankur Malik of Swarthmore College.
Capone started on the ninth hole with a six, and shortly thereafter he carded a seven on 13 between two threes. He righted himself enough to sign for a 79, four strokes under his season average, for the second time in the spring semester. Capone tied for seventh place in the 63-player field.
An 82 by Bekefi (T-14th) and an 84 from junior Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) (T-24th) gave Felician a team score of 317, its best total since the first day of its final tournament of the fall semester. The Golden Falcons waited in the clubhouse for the scores to trickle in, and it soon became apparently they would claim the title. Swarthmore finished second with 322, and Felician also finished ahead of four fellow Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members.
Felician won an invitational/open tournament for the just the second time in the 13-year history of its program. The Golden Falcons claimed the Tom Pecora Invitational, hosted by Adelphi University, on Apr. 26, 2010. They have also won five multi-dual matches of 2-4 teams.
Storako led Felician for the season with a scoring average of 78.61 over 18 rounds. He recorded the sixth-best single-season average in program history, one year after his school-record 77.16 in his freshman campaign.