LEWISBURG, Pa. -- On the heels of a record-setting performance at the Patriot League Men's Golf Championship, sophomore J.P. Raftery has been selected as the Fifth Quarter Fresh Bison Athlete of the Week.
Raftery placed second in the individual standings at the conference championship tournament for the second year in a row. Playing on his home course at the Bucknell Golf Club over the weekend, Raftery compiled a 6-under-par total of 204, with three straight sub-par rounds of 67-68-69. The 204 is the best ever by a Bison player in a Patriot League Championship, bettering the 208 produced by Andrew Cohen in 2009.
Raftery was runner-up to an Army West Point player for the second year in a row. This time it was Peter Kim, who finished at 10-under en route to his second career title. Raftery is now a two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection.
With Raftery leading the way, Bucknell finished in third place in the eight-team field. The Bison tied the school record with a 4-under 276 in the opening round. They followed it up with rounds of 285 and 284, which also resulted in new 36- and 54-hole team scoring records. This week's 845 total broke the 54-hole record by 14 strokes.
Raftery's three straight rounds in the 60s lowered his spring scoring average to a tidy 71.6. That breaks his own single-season record of 72.3, set just this past fall. Raftery's full-season averge of 72.0 is therefore a new team record as well.
Raftery had a remarkably consistent year. In eight tournaments covering 19 rounds, he shot higher than 75 only one time, and that was a 78 in his first tournament of the spring after missing the first three events due to illness. Raftery finished in the top 10 in six of those eight events, with five top-5 finishes.