Men's Golf Is 11th At Eagles Invitational

Men's golfer watching putt, photo from side.
Gonzalo Maldonado Felices led Felician with 152 for 36 holes at the 2019 Eagles Invitational. (Steven R. Smith)

WATERTOWN, Conn. – The Felician University men's golf team improved 24 strokes in a 24-hour period to finish in 11th place at the Eagles Invitational, hosted by Post University on Monday and Tuesday at the Watertown Golf Club.

Sophomore Gonzalo Maldonado Felices (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris) turned in Felician's top individual performance for the tournament. The par-71 course laid out at 6,638 yards. Maldonado Felices shot 79 in Monday's round before carding a 73 on Tuesday for a 10-over-par tournament score of 152. He tied for 22nd place out of 95 entrants.

Maldonado Felices' 79 tied with senior Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) for the Golden Falcons' best round on Day 1. Felician struggled to a team score of 335 and sat in 12th place in the 14-school field after Monday's play. But the Golden Falcons came up with a 311 on Tuesday to pass Adelphi University and stay ahead of Saint Anselm College and American International College. Felician's total score of 646 was six strokes behind 10th-place Saint Michael's College.

Storako was the only other Felician player to finish in the top half of the field. His 79-77—156 tied for 38th place. Senior Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) matched Storako's 77 on Tuesday but was coming off an opening performance of 84. His 161 tied for 61st.

Junior Prince Sukklabsawan (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]) shot 93-84—177. Classmate Adrian Mayorga (Valley Cottage, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) produced a season-best 102 on Monday and followed with 103.

Felician was fourth out of four Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference members in attendance.

Recently-crowned Northeast 10 Conference champion Assumption College won the tournament with 291-300-591 (+23), four shots ahead of runner-up Le Moyne College. Assumption senior Mark Bryant was the medalist. He was the only player to break par, shooting 72-69—141.

Felician has a quick turnaround before playing in the Le Moyne Fall Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Cicero, N.Y.