BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Paced by a 2-3 finish from freshman Connor O'Brien and junior John Edler, the Bucknell men’s golf team ended the 2015 fall season on a high note, sprinting to a runaway victory at the Lehigh Invitational, which wrapped up Saturday at Saucon Valley Country Club. The Bison outdistanced host Lehigh by 14 strokes for their first team title since winning the 2010 Bucknell Invitational.
O’Brien began the day tied for the lead after opening with a 2-under-par 70 on Friday, but he finished as runner-up, three strokes behind first-round co-leader Lucas Trim of Villanova. O’Brien totaled 147 over 36 holes, while Edler finished alone in third place at 149 (72-77).
With frost in the forecast for Saturday morning, the teams played 27 holes on Friday and needed to play just nine in a delayed start on Saturday. The Bison had a sizable lead coming into the final nine, and their 607 total (299-308) bettered runner-up Lehigh at 621 (309-312).
Siena (624), Lafayette (625), Fordham (627) and Villanova (627) rounded out the top five.
Bucknell’s final-round 308 was tied for second-best in the field, behind only Monmouth’s 305, but the Hawks were well back in 11th place after opening with a 336.
Freshman Jubal Early had Bucknell’s low second round with a 76. O’Brien and Edler both shot 77 in the second round, while D.J. Magee shot 78 and Daniel Levin 81. Magee finished tied for 11th at 154 (76-78).
Freshman Ashton Radvansky also earned a top-20 finish while playing as an individual. He placed T-17th at 156 (76-80).
O’Brien’s second-place finish was the highest of his career, and it matches the Zachary Melnick runner-up finish at the Bucknell Invitational as the team’s best of the year. It was O’Brien’s third top-10 and fifth top-20 finish of the fall season.
This was Bucknell’s 17th team championship since the start of the 2003-04 season and the first at the Lehigh Invitational.