Ratajczak Finishes in 7th Place At AMCC Championships
MIDDLESEX, Pa – The Hilbert College men’s golf team closed out their 2014 season on a high note, with several player firing their lowest scores of the season in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship tournament. Senior Ryan Ratajczak earned his first Top 10 finish in his third season of collegiate competition and the Hawks team took home a 8th place finish.
Penn State Behrend repeated their reign over the eight other AMCC teams, carding another low 300 score for their fourth-straight championship cup.
The Lions lowered yesterday’s impressive 304 card to a 301 today (605). Penn State Altoona trailed their state-partner school by forty strokes for a second place finish at 645 and Pitt-Bradford rounded out the top three with a 661. Mount Aloysius almost made the cut but the Mounties were off by two strokes and settled for 663 score which was two better than Medaille’s 665 (5th place).
Ryan Ratajczak shot duplicate scores both days (79) to collect a 158 score and 7th place finish, which was his best-ever finish in the AMCC championship.
Three first-year golfers for the Hawks closed out the team’s scoring with Eric Labedz falling from yesterday’s 83 to a 96 (179) which slotted him in 32nd place. Tyler Wangler went from season low 92 yesterday to 97 today for a 38th place and David Mellerski improved his pace today dropping six strokes to a career low 92 and a 39th place finish. Jacob Reinecke also lowered his day-two score by five strokes and claimed 41st place with 207 score.
Yesterday’s leaders from Penn State Behrend, Dante Vetica and Nicholas VanDamia, traded places today with VanDamia dropping one stroke from his card while Vetica added five to fall to second place. VanDamia (145) and Vetica (147) outpaced the rest of the field with Bradford’s Alex Hunter grabbing 3rd place to himself.
Coach Liam Friedman has made an impact his first year, teaching the young team the professional way to approach the game and the golf course when representing themselves and the college at matches.
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