ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Bucknell men's golf team put up team scores of 300 and 298 on Day 1 of the Cornell Invitational on Saturday, but low scores throughout much of the 14-team field left the Bison in 10th place after 36 holes. Freshman Connor O'Brien paced Bucknell with rounds of 72-73, and his 3-over-par 145 has him in a tie for 16th place on the individual leaderboard.
Towson has the top two players in the field with Jimmy Grem (67-69) leading the way at 6-under, followed by Dylan Stein (69-70) at -3. But Princeton has two players at 2-under and lead Towson by nine shots atop the team standings. Princeton sits at even-par 568, followed by Towson (577), Cornell (581) and Siena (585).
Bucknell is at 598 but is just 11 strokes out of a top-five position. Zachary Melnick (76-74), J.P. Raftery (75-75) and D.J. Magee (77-76) were Bucknell's other three counters on Saturday. C.J. Zachary, coming off a solid 71-71 showing at the Bucknell Invitational last week, shot 80-84.
Ashton Radvansky, playing as an individual, got off to a good start with a first-round 73, but he came back with an 84 in the afternoon.
The third and final round gets underway Sunday morning.