Setting The Scene
What: 2017 Patriot League Championship, hosted by Lehigh
When: Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23 (36 holes Saturday, 18 Sunday) – 8:30 shotgun start
Where: Bethlehem, Pa. (Saucon Valley CC) – Grace Course (Par 72 – 6,012 yards)
The Field: Boston University, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Navy, Richmond
Live Scoring: golfstat.com
About the Bison
>> Bucknell competes in the Patriot League Championship in Bethlehem, Pa., this weekend. Practice rounds will be held on Friday afternoon, and then the two-day, three-round tournament will begin on Saturday, April 22.
>> The Bison will feature Lindsay Dodovich, Katie Childers, Emily Larson, Anna Dailey, Meredith Langs, and Eunbbie Kim. The Patriot League Tournament utilizes a play-six, count-four format, unlike most tournament throughout the season that feature five-player lineups.
>> Dodovich leads the Bison with a 79.2 stroke average during the spring season, followed by Childers (80.2) and Larson (81.8).
>> The only other April tournament for the Bison was the Hoya Invitational. The squad finished 14th out of 15 teams, and Dodovich led the team with a three-round score of 236. Dodovich recorded the round-low with a 76, while Kim’s 81 was the second-best score on day one.
>> On Saturday morning, Bucknell will begin on hole 10 along with Holy Cross and Navy. Dailey will open the competition at 8:30, followed by Langs (8:40), Kim (8:50), Childers (9:00), Larson (9:10), and Dodovich (9:20).
>> According to the latest GolfStat collegiate rankings, defending-champion Richmond is the favorite with a national ranking of 145. Boston University would be the No. 2 pick with a 183 listing, followed by Lehigh (192), Navy (213), Bucknell (232) and Holy Cross (254).
Bucknell at the Patriot League Championship
>> This will be the fifth Patriot League Championship since the league began sponsoring the sport in 2013. Bucknell hosted the inaugural Patriot League Championship in 2013, finishing second out of four teams. Since then, the tournament has expanded to six teams, and the Bison have finished fifth in 2015, fourth in 2016, and they won the tournament at Saucon Valley in 2014.
>> Lehigh last hosted the Patriot League Championship in 2014, when Bucknell won with a three-round score of 930, beating Boston University by a narrow three strokes.
>> Four Bison that will be competing in this year’s championship have competed in the tournament in the past. This will be the third Patriot League Championship for Larson and Dodovich, and the second for Childers and Kim.
>> Larson is a two-time All-Patriot League selection, earning Second Team honors in 2015 and First Team honors after a T-4th finish last season. Dodovich was a Second Team honoree after a T-9th performance last season at the Bucknell Golf Club, while Childers just missed all-conference recognition with a T-11th finish.