HAWORTH, N.J. – Felician University sits in fourth place out of nine teams after Day 1 of the two-day, 36-hole Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Golf Championship tournament. The event is being hosted by Dominican (N.Y.) College at White Beeches Country Club.
Led by a five-over-par round of 77 from senior Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon), Felician posted a team score of 316 on Monday. That total leaves the Golden Falcons 18 strokes behind tournament leader Goldey-Beacom College, but just eight back of Wilmington (Del.) University in second place.
Lauchaire enters Tuesday's final round in a tie for ninth place out of 45 individuals. Fellow senior Jake Storako Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) shot 78 on Day 1 and is tied for 13th place. Goldey-Beacom freshman Pablo Saenz Avila tops the field with 70.
The CACC's official recap of Monday's action can be viewed at https://caccathletics.org/sports/golf/2019-20/releases/1071stRd.
"Overall, we struck the ball well," said first-year Felician head coach Joe Ambrose. "We made some mental errors and we need to clean those up. But there's no reason why we can't be closer to 300 as a team tomorrow and move up in the final standings."
After 36 holes, the top five individual finishers plus ties will be named to the CACC All-Tournament Team. Storako has already earned that honor twice in his career. The team champion will automatically qualify for the 2020 NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional Championship.
Full first-round results can be viewed at http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=teamPlayer&tid=20162.
Tournament play begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, and the first Felician golfer tees off at 8:50. The CACC, in partnership with BlueFrame Technology, will provide free live streaming video coverage at https://www.caccnetwork.com.
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.