ITHACA, N.Y. -- After a slow start, the Bucknell men's golf team put itself back in contention at the Cornell Invitational with a sizzling 3-over-par 287 team score in the second round on Saturday at the Robert Trent Jones GC. The Bison opened with a 315 in the morning, then bounced back to match Siena for the low round in the field in the afternoon. Bucknell enters Sunday's final round in sixth place, 11 shots behind the Saints.
Early's first-round 77 was the best on the squad, and his 70 jumped him into a tie for ninth place in the individual standings. Thompson's 70 was a career best, and his 151 total is No. 2 on the team and T-22nd in a field of 81 players.
All five Bison starters improved their scores in the afternoon, with Thompson (11 strokes better), Radvansky (8), Early (7) and O'Brien (4) all making major strides. Even Zachary Melnick, playing as an individual, followed an opening 84 with a 75 for a nine-stroke upgrade.
As a team, Bucknell moved up from 11th place after 18 holes to sixth after 36.
Siena's second-round 287 put it atop the team standings with a 591 total. Penn and Cornell are tied for second at 594, followed by Yale (595), Colgate (597) and Bucknell (602). Columbia sits in seventh place, just one shot behind the Bison.
Colgate's Ryan Skae shot 70-67 and is alone atop the individual leaderboard at 5-under. Josh Goldenberg is in second at 1-under (72-69).
The final round begins Sunday at 8 a.m., with Bucknell's tee times starting at 8:50.