LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell men's golf team wrapped up a record-setting showing at the 2017 Patriot League Championship on Sunday. Led by a third-straight sub-par round from tournament runner-up J.P. Raftery, the Bison closed with a 4-over-par 284 and finished in third place behind Loyola and Army West Point.
Bucknell turned in its best team finish since it won the 2009 Patriot League title. The Bison compiled a 54-hole total of 845 (+5), a new team record by a whopping 14 strokes. The previous 54-hole record was 859 at the 2005 Bucknell Invitational, and the team's previous low at a Patriot League Championship was 867 in 2005. The Bison tied the 18-hole school record with a 4-under 276 in the first round on Saturday, then followed with 285 and 284.
Loyola finished with a 5-under 835 to win the team title by five shots over Army. Bucknell was then five behind the Black Knights. Navy finished fourth at 855, followed by Lehigh (859), Lafayette (866), Colgate (870) and Holy Cross (897).
Army's Peter Kim finished at 10-under 200 to win the individual title by four shots over Raftery, who has now been the runner-up in each of his first two Patriot League Championship appearances. Raftery's 204 total is a new Bucknell record for the PL Championship, bettering Andrew Cohen's 208 in 2009.
After shooting 67-68 on Saturday, Raftery was in red numbers again with a 69 in the final round. He birdied his first hole of the day, then made eight straight pars to make the turn at 1-under. A bogey at the par-3 10th dropped him back to even, but then he got hot with terrific birdies at 12, 13 and 15. Raftery drained a tough 15-foot putt on 12, then knocked his tee shot to about three feet on the par-3 13th. His second shot at the long par-5 15th ended up behind a greenside bunker, but Raftery made a nice pitch shot and then a 10-foot putt for his third birdie in four holes.
But Kim was just too steady to be caught. The Army senior also shot 69 with four birdies, the last a decisive 3 at No. 17. Kim also won the 2014 title, joining Bucknell's Charlie Waddell as two-time Patriot League champions.
Sophomore Jubal Early finished in a four-way tie for seventh place at 212, earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors. Early made five birdies en route to a final-round 72. He shook off a triple-bogey on No. 11, finishing 2-under the rest of the way.
Senior D.J. Magee turned in the best Patriot League Championship performance of his career, closing with a 71 to finish T-13th at 214 total (70-73-71). Magee finished two strokes out of an all-conference spot after making four birdies in his final collegiate round.
Freshman Peter Bradbeer finished T-26th in his first championship appearance. Bradbeer shot 74-71-75 for a 220 total. Senior John Edler and sophomore Connor O'Brien both tied for 31st at 223. Edler shot 78-73-72 and was poised for an even-par final round until an unlucky double-bogey on the finishing hole. O'Brien shot 72-79-72. He was 1-under over his final 15 holes on Sunday after starting with three straight bogeys.