CICERO, N.Y. – The Felician University men's golf team tied or broke every major school scoring record for 18 and 36 holes during the Le Moyne College Invitational, held Friday and Saturday at Lake Short Yacht & Country Club.
On the first day of a soggy, chilly weekend tournament, seniors Christian Lauchaire (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) and Jake Storako (Laurel Springs, N.J./Highland Regional) each shot one-over-par 73 on the 6,506-yard layout. They led Felician to a team score of 307, good for 10th place in the 15-school event. But that simply set the stage for a lower-scoring Saturday.
Sophomore Gonzalo Maldonado Felices (Almeria, Spain/Stella Maris) signed for a 70 on the tournament's final day, and Storako backed him with a 71. Those totals combined with Lauchaire's 76 and an 81 for redshirt junior Prince Sukklabsawan (Si Racha, Thailand/Heritage Academy [S.C.]) gave the Golden Falcons 298 strokes for the day – breaking a school record that lasted 9 ½ years.
The former mark of 301 was set by Joe Peters (70), Joe Leardo (76), Barry Tsouhnikas (76) and Rob Young (79) during the second round of the one-day, 36-hole Tom Pecora Invitational, hosted by Adelphi University on Apr. 26, 2010. Felician's team tournament score of 605 at Le Moyne was also a record – by seven strokes – for a 36-hole tournament. Felician's top four players on Friday and Saturday all had a hand in the previous standard of 612, set at the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship tournament.
Individually, Maldonado Felices joined Peters as the only players in the 15-year history of Felician golf to shoot 70. Storako, meanwhile set the program 36-hole tournament record. His even-par 144 was one stroke better than Andrew Geesey's tournament-winning total at the 2016 CACC Championship.
Tournament-wide, however, scores went lower on Saturday, and Felician failed to move out of 10th place. The Golden Falcons were three shots behind ninth-place Goldey-Beacom College and four better than Roberts Wesleyan College in 11th. They were fourth of five CACC members in attendance.
Eighty-eight players completed both rounds and eight broke par, leaving Storako in a tie for ninth place. Maldonado Felices (78-70—148, +4) tied for 15th, and Lauchaire (73-76—149, +5) tied for 23rd place.
Sukklabsawan shot 83-81---164 and setted for a tie for 79th. Junior Adrian Mayorga (Valley Cottage, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) was 88th with 114-124—238.
Assumption College tied Laval University, a non-NCAA institution based in Quebec, for the championship. Both teams shot 586 and bested a trio of others by three shots. Assumption's A.J. Sanzaro was the medalist with 70-70-140 (-3). Five players were a stroke behind with 141.
Felician concludes its fall season with a trip to greater Philadelphia for the Griffin Invitational, hosted by Chestnut Hill College on Oct. 28-29.