ITHACA, N.Y. -- Led by a 1-under-par 70 from Connor O'Brien on Sunday, the Bucknell men's golf team turned in its second straight quality round and finished in sixth place at the Cornell Invitational. Jubal Early added a 73 to post a top-10 individual finish, as the Bison closed with a 292 team score.
Bucknell got out to a slow start with an opening-round 315 on Saturday morning, but the Bison moved up from 11th place to sixth with a 3-over 287 in round two. They maintained that sixth-place position with a 292 on Sunday for an 894 total. Host Cornell came from behind to win the tournament, shooting 285 in the final round for an 879 total. Colgate took second at 883, followed by Yale (884), Siena (884), Columbia (890) and Bucknell in a field of 14 teams.
Early notched his best career finish with his T-8th. He carded rounds of 77-70-73 on the weekend. O'Brien's 70 was one shot shy of the best of the day in the 81-player field. O'Brien shot 79-75 on Saturday, and his terrific final round vaulted him 13 spots into a T-20th finish.
Bucknell also counted a 74 from D.J. Magee and a 75 from Ashton Radvansky. The Bison tossed out a 79 from J.B. Thompson, who posted a career-best 70 in the second round. Zachary Melnick, playing as an individual, also had a strong finish with a 75.
Ryan Skae of Colgate compiled a 6-under 207 for 54 holes and ran away with the medalist honors. Luke Graboyes of Cornell finished second with an even-par 213.
Bucknell will be back in action Sept. 25-26 at the George Mason Patriot Intercollegiate at Laurel Hill GC.