VERONA, N.Y. -- The Bucknell men's golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the season on Monday with a 10th-place finish among 15 teams in a strong field at the Turning Stone-Tiger Intercollegiate, hosted by Missouri at the Kaluhyat Course at the Turning Stone Resort. The Bison closed the 54-hole event with a 304 team score -- their best of the week -- and totaled 938 to finish three strokes behind ninth-place Villanova. Junior Connor O'Brien paced Bucknell in the final round with a 2-over-par 74.
O'Brien's best showing of the tournament was highlighted by an eagle-2 at the 451-yard, par-4 ninth hole. He also made two birdies on Monday and finished tied for 28th place with a 232 total (81-77-74).
Bucknell's top finisher for the tournament was junior J.P. Raftery, even though he struggled a bit in the final round. After opening with 77-71 and sitting in a tie for seventh place heading into the third round, Raftery made 13 pars but saw his final 18 undermined by a pair of triple-bogeys on par-5s. He shredded the par-5s the previous day, going a combined 4-under over the first 36 holes, but was +7 on the par-5s on Monday en route to an 82. He finished in 26th place.
Junior Jubal Early and freshman Chris Tanabe both closed with 76s, while sophomore Peter Bradbeer finished with a 78. Tanabe posted a 1-under 35 on the course's back nine to help him bounce back from a tough debut in chilly, wet conditions on Sunday. Early had a stretch of three birdies in four holes near the start of his round.
Host Missouri ran away from the field to claim this event for the sixth straight year. The Tigers finished with a 20-under-par 844 (288-276-280). Second-place UNC Wilmington was 50 strokes behind at 894, followed by Boston College (908), St. Peter's (915) and Cleveland State (923). At 938, the Bison finished ahead of Binghamton, Youngstown State, Detroit Mercy, Sacred Heart and Alabama State.
Hayden Buckley of Missouri posted 7-under 209 to hold off teammate Rory Franssen for medalist honors. Missouri players captured the top three and six of the top seven places.
Bucknell returns to action next Saturday and Sunday at Colgate's Alex Lagowitz Memorial Invitational.