Setting The Scene

What: 2017 Finegan Invitational, hosted by La Salle
When: Monday, April 10 (36 holes) -- 9 a.m. shotgun start
Where: Whitemarsh Valley CC, Lafayette Hill, Pa., Par 72
The Field: 14 teams (Rhode Island, Navy, Lehigh, Central Connecticut, Longwood, Villanova, Monmouth, Rosemont, Bucknell, Alvernia, Lafayette, Drexel, La Salle, Delaware)

Live Stats: BirdieFire.com

About the Bison

>>  Bucknell tees it up Monday at the Finegan Invitational, a one-day, 36-hole event hosted by La Salle. The Bison are coming off an eighth-place finish at Longwood's Manor Intercollegiate Apr. 1-2. Bucknell was in contention after an opening-round 294, but followed with 301 and 304. 

>> This week the Bison lineup will feature Peter Bradbeer, Jubal Early, Connor O'Brien, J.P. Raftery and D.J. Magee. Raftery, who set a Bucknell record with a 72.3 scoring average in the fall, will be making his spring debut. 

>> Bradbeer has been the low Bison in each of the last two tournaments. After an opening-round 76 at Villanova's Wildcat Invitational, he fired a 2-under 69 in round two to move up to a T-21st finish. Last time out in Virginia, Bradbeer shot 72-75-73 to finish T-16th. His 75.4 spring average is second on the team to O'Brien's 74.9.

>> O'Brien opened with 69-74 (-1) at the Manor Intercollegiate and was two strokes off the lead entering the final round. He finished with an 80, only his third 80+ round all year. 

Bucknell at Finegan Invitational

>> Bucknell will be participating in the Finegan Invitational for the second straight year. The Bison struggled here last year, shooting 332-307 to finish 12th. The highlight of the day was a 1-over 73 by Ashton Radvasnsky in the second round.    

>> Magee is the only player in the lineup this week who also played here last season. He shot 79-78.  

Up Next

>> The Bison will try to defend their title at the Yale Invitational next Saturday (Apr. 15). Bucknell shot 295-300 to win Yale's tournament last season.