LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The last time the Bucknell men's golf team walked off the course in tournament action, it was winning the Lehigh Invitational back in October. Now the Bison will look to keep that momentum going when they make their 2016 spring debut on Monday at the four-team Patriot Spring Invitational at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
The 36-hole competition runs Monday and Tuesday at the Estates Course at PGA National. The resort's Champion Course is home to the PGA Tour's Honda Classic, which was won by Adam Scott two weeks ago.
Bucknell will join Patriot League rivals Navy and Lehigh along with UMass-Lowell in the event, which came together recently after a tournament hosted by another school at a different course was cancelled.
The Bucknell starting lineup will include Connor O'Brien, John Edler, D.J. Magee, Ashton Radvansky and Jubal Early. The entire 11-man roster will be in action, however, with the remainder of the squad playing as individuals.
O'Brien, one of three freshmen in top five, led the Bison with a 74.2 scoring average in the fall. His runner-up finish in the team win at Lehigh was his third top-10 and fifth top-20 performance in seven fall events.
Edler placed third at Lehigh and was second on the team behind O'Brien with a 75.0 fall scoring average. Magee (75.5) and Early (75.8) also had sub-76 averages. That duo both carded 4-under-par 68s in the second round of the Donald Ross Invitational, marking the team's low rounds of the fall season.
This will be the first of at least seven spring tournaments for the Bison, culminating with the Patriot League Championship at Navy on Apr. 30 and May 1.