Felician Places Sixth In CACC Men's Golf Tournament

Men's golfer chips out of rough.
Jake Storako recorded his third career top-10 finish in the CACC Tournament. (Ellen O'Brien)

HAWORTH, N.J. – The Felician University men's golf team shot 326 in Tuesday's second and final round of the 2019 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship tournament, hosted by Dominican (N.Y.) College at White Beeches Golf & Country Club. That score gave Felician a 36-hole total of 642 strokes and a final placement of sixth.

Individually, Felician senior Jake Storako (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) finished among the top 10 golfers in the CACC for the third time in his career. On the 6,584-yard layout, Storako carded a round of 78 on Monday and followed with 76 on Tuesday for a 10-over-par tournament score of 154. He tied for eighth place in the 44-player field.

Felician signed for a 316 team score on Monday and at day's end sat in fourth place in the nine-team tournament. On Tuesday, however, the Golden Falcons faded late in the event and posted a sum 10 shots higher. They dropped two slots in the final standings.

"We had a good start today, but, as a team, did not play the back nine well," said first-year Felician head coach Joe Ambrose. "We know we are better, and we need to learn quickly and turn our attention to the final three events on our fall schedule."

Felician senior Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) also finished in the top half of the field, tying for 16th place with 77-80-157. Teammate Gonzalo Maldonado Felices (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris), a sophomore, was 27th (79-82-161), and Golden Falcons redshirt junior Prince Sukklabsawan (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]) ended up 37th (82-88-170).

Felician totaled one fewer stroke than seventh place Dominican and was seven shots back of Concordia (N.Y.) College in fifth.

Wilmington (Del.) University won the CACC men's golf championship for the ninth time in the last 10 years, making up a 10-shot Day 1 deficit. Wilmington recorded scores of 308-292-600 to finish six strokes ahead of runner-up Goldey-Beacom College (298-308-606). Wildcat junior Enrique Valverde captured the individual title. His 147 (75-72) placed him two shots ahead of teammate Tyler Cleaves.

Storako tied for third place in the CACC as a freshman in the spring of 2017, tied for 21st in the fall of 2017, and tied for fourth last year. The Golden Falcons finished in fifth place as a team in 2018.

Felician next competes at the Eagle Invitational, hosted by Post University on Oct. 13-14 in Watertown, Conn.