Note: An earlier version of this story listed Bucknell as finishing in second place, but since it finished behind only Yale's "B" squad, the Bison are the official winner.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Led by a runner-up finish from junior John Edler, the Bucknell men's golf team took first place at the Yale Spring Invitational on Saturday. The Bison compiled rounds of 295 and 300 for a 36-hole total of 595 at The Course at Yale. It was Bucknell's second tournament win of 2015-16, following the Lehigh Invitational in the final event of the fall season.
Edler's 1-over-par 71 was Bucknell's best round of the day, and it was one shy of the low 18 in the entire field. Edler shot 75 in the morning, and his 146 total was three in back of medalist John Lazor of Dartmouth. Joe Willis of Yale's "B" squad also posted 146.
Bucknell compiled a 295 with all five players shooting 76 or better in round one. The Bison had a three-stroke lead in the 13-team field at the halfway mark, and then they held off Dartmouth by one shot and Yale by two. The Yale "B" team finished one stroke ahead of Bucknell but was not eligible to win the official team title.
Edler was not the only Bison putting up good scores on Saturday. Freshman Connor O'Brien finished T-9th with rounds of 73-76. Freshman Jubal Early (74-76) and sophomore Daniel Levin (73-77) placed T-12th with 150 totals. Bucknell's third freshman starter, J.P. Raftery, shot 76-77 and finished T-27th.
O'Brien now has two straight top-10 finishes and five top-10s dating back to the start of the fall campaign. The second-place finish is the highest of Edler's career.
The Bison will have another single-day, 36-hole tournament on Monday when they visit Philadelphia Country Club for the Finegan Invitational.