VERONA, N.Y. -- Day one of the Turning Stone-Tiger Intercollegiate was dominated by host Missouri and the weather. Chilly and wet conditions greeted a strong 15-team field on Sunday, and Bucknell sits in 10th place after rounds of 326 and 208. Junior J.P. Raftery is tied for seventh place on the individual leaderboard, with his 4-over-par 148 total comprised of rounds of 77 and 71.
Missouri was the lone team to solve the brutal morning conditions. The Tigers opened with an even-par 288 to take a commanding 23-stroke lead on second-place Boston College. Missouri came back in better conditions in the afternoon to post a 12-under 276, and it will take a whopping 40-stroke lead over its next-closest competitor, UNC Wilmington, into Monday's final round. Boston College, St. Peter's and Western Carolina round out the top five.
Raftery, the Patriot League runner-up in each of his first two collegiate seasons, was Bucknell's leader on Sunday. After opening with a 76, Raftery followed it up with a 1-under 71 that featured five birdies. He had three birdies in the opening round, and never made anything worse than bogey all day on a difficult course in challenging weather condititions. Raftery's one bugaboo was Turning Stone's set of par-3s. Over 36 holes he was +6 on the par-3s and -2 on the 4s and 5s.
Raftery is nine shots behind leader Hayden Buckley of Missouri, who shot 72-67. The player leaderboard has Missouri players in the 1-2-3-4-T5 spots. Raftery has the second-best score in the field among non-Missouri players, trailing only Blake McShea of UNCW (147).
Four of Bucknell's five players improved in the afternoon round, as Connor O'Brien shot 81-77, Peter Bradbeer shot 84-76, Chris Tanabe 84-87 and Jubal Early 93-84. O'Brien got hot late in his second round, making three birdies in a four-hole span and finishing -3 over his final six holes. Likewise, Bradbeer will also bring some momentum into the final round after playing his final 11 holes in 1-under.
Monday's final round gets underway at 8 a.m. at Turning Stone's Kaluhyat Course. The Bison will be paired with 11th-place Binghamton and 12th-place Youngstown State.