KEENE, N.H. – The Felician University men's golf team produced one of the top ten 36-hole tournament scores in its 14-year history at the 2018 Franklin Pierce University Fall Invitational, but settled for ninth place out of 11 schools. The event was hosted by the Ravens on Sunday and Monday at Keene Country Club.
Felician was playing the first tournament of its 2018-19 season.
Led by a five-over-par 77 from junior Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional), the Golden Falcons carded a team score of 318 during Sunday's opening round. Felician sat in seventh place after the first day of competition.
Buoyed by junior transfer Prince Sukklabsawan's (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]) 74 and supported by a 76 from Storako, Felician went even lower on Monday, turning in a 313. But the field improved as well, and the Golden Falcons dropped two slots in the final standings.
The two-day team total of 631 is the seventh-best 36-hole tournament score in the 14-year history of the Felician program.
Storako's individual effort of 153 (+9) tied for 15th place out of 60 entrants. Sukklabsawan was also in the top half of the field, tying for 24th with 81-74-155.
Junior transfer Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) offered the Golden Falcons a steady 80-80-160 and finished in a tie for 36th. Freshman Gonzalo Felices (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris) tied for 47th in his collegiate debut, signing for 80-83-163, and Felician's lone senior, Justin Keiser (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) shot 84-83-167 and shared 51st place.
Felician was six strokes back of seventh-place College of Saint Rose (318-307-625). A late-charging American International College fell just shy of the Golden Falcons to place 10th with 329-305-634.
The two institutions from New Hampshire at the event, Southern New Hampshire University and the host Ravens, shared the team title after each amassed 597 strokes (+21). SNHU's Matt Paradis was the medalist (73-70-143, -1)
The Golden Falcons return to action at the Yellow Jackets Fall Invitational, hosted by American International on September 22-23 in Springfield, Mass.