LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell's pair of five-man teams both performed well in wet conditions on Saturday at the Bucknell Invitational. The Orange team, led by a 1-over-par 71 from sophomore C.J. Zachary, posted a 290 team score, while the Blue squad, paced by a terrific 1-under 69 from junior Zachary Melnick, compiled a 293. The two Bison teams sit in third and fourth place, respectively, behind Lafayette (285) and Robert Morris (289).
The schedule called for 36 holes on Saturday, but play was reduced to 18 holes due to heavy rain that left the Bucknell Golf Club well-saturated by mid-afternoon. It will now be a 36-hole tournament, with the final 18 holes slated to begin Sunday morning.
All five players on the Bucknell Orange team shot 74 or better in round one. Zachary's career-best 71 led the way, followed by junior John Edler (72) and a trio of freshmen in J.P. Raftery (73), Jubal Early (74) and Connor O'Brien (74).
Melnick's 69 was also a personal best in a collegiate tournament, and it marked his first career sub-par round. Junior D.J. Magee followed with a 72, and senior Nick Geissler, sophomore Daniel Levin and freshman Ashton Radvansky all shot 76.
Sophomore J.B. Thompson, playing as an individual, posted a 79.
Melnick's 69 puts him in sole possession of second place in the field of 51 players. Lafayette's Patrick Luther shot 68. Three players are at even par: Will Gavarkovs of Humber College, Art Griffin of Lafayette and Grant Schumaker of Robert Morris.
Zachary (T-6th), Edler (T-9th) and Magee (T-9th) are also situated in the top-10.
Humber, a Canadian program from the Toronto area, is tied for fourth place along with the Bucknell Blue team at 293. Hillsdale (295), Ottawa (296), Susquehanna (324) and Hampton (335) round out the field.