BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Connor O'Brien fired a 1-under-par 71 to help the Bucknell men's golf team to a 294 team score and a second-place finish at the Lehigh Invitational at Saucon Valley Country Club. O'Brien's terrific final round gave him a seventh-place finish individually, his third straight top-10 to close out the fall season.
After opening with a 303 on Friday, Bucknell finished with a 36-hole total of 597. Host Lehigh, which had three scores of even-par or better on Saturday, tallied 581 to win the team title by a comfortable margin. The Bison had won this tournament in each of the past two years, and they will finish the fall campaign with a second straight runner-up placement. They also took second by just one stroke to Wayne State at the Bucknell Invitational two weeks ago.
Bucknell held off Fordham by just two strokes for third place, while Lafayette, St. John's, Siena and Monmouth finished in a four-way tie for fourth in a 12-team field.
After shooting 76 a day earlier, O'Brien was pretty much in complete control on Saturday. He birdied three of his first five holes and added another at No. 17 to get back to 1-under. His only blemishes were an early double-bogey at the 232-yard par-3 third hole, and a bogey at the par-4 ninth. O'Brien made eight pars and a birdie on the inward nine to finish at 147 for the tournament.
Jubal Early bounced back from a tough opening round to post Bucknell's second-best score on Saturday, a 2-over 73 that featured three birdies and 11 pars. J.P. Raftery and Chris Tanabe both shot 75, while Peter Bradbeer closed with a 76. Raftery and Bradbeer both finished T-11th at 150 total.
Lehigh's Billy Johns and Johnny Hsu tied for the individual lead at 1-under 143. Hsu was declared medalist on a match of cards.
Bucknell's upperclassmen have now finished 1st-1st-2nd in three appearances at Saucon Valley, and they will be back on the course in the spring with the Patriot League Championship returns to the venue.