LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Junior Zachary Melnick finished in second place individually while playing for the Bucknell Blue team, and his colleagues on the Bucknell Orange squad compiled a 292 team score on Sunday to finish in third place at the Bucknell Invitational. The Blue team followed with a 293 and finished in a tie for fourth.
This young Bucknell team showed off its depth this weekend, with the two five-man units posting scores in the low 290s throughout a tournament that was shortened to 36 holes due to afternoon rain on Saturday.
For the Orange team, sophomore C.J. Zachary completed a career-best weekend with his second-straight 1-over-par 71, leaving him alone in third place at 142 total. Melnick posted a career-best 1-under 69 on Saturday and followed it up with a 72 in the second round for a 141 total. Lafayette's Patrick Luther was medalist at 2-under 138.
Robert Morris finished with a 285 to claim the team title. The Colonials posted a 574 total to beat first-round leader Lafayette by two shots and Bucknell Orange by eight. The Bucknell Blue team joined Humber College at 586, followed by Ottawa (592), Hillsdale (600), Susquehanna (640) and Hampton (658).
Elsewhere for the Orange squad, freshman Connor O'Brien joned Zachary with a 71. O'Brien, who was runner-up last week at the Colgate Invitational, added another top-10 finish as he placed solo 10th. Freshman J.P. Raftery shot 73, and freshman Jubal Early and junior John Edler both finished with 77s.
Sophomore Daniel Levin, playing for the Blue team, had the low round of the day for Bucknell with an even-par 70. Junior D.J. Magee shot 75, freshman Ashton Radvansky posted a 76, and senior Nick Geissler finished up with a 78.
Levin and Raftery both finished in a tie for 11th place at 146, while Magee's 147 composite put him in a tie for 16th.
The Bison have now finished third in each of their first two tournaments of the fall season, and they will be back in action next Saturday and Sunday at the Cornell Invitational.