Lafayette's Carter Rufe
Sept. 30, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. - Patriot League golf teams hit the links throughout the month of September, and a number of individuals showed they could be ready for a big year with standout performances.
Lafayette senior Carter Rufe stood out among the strong group to claim the Patriot League Golfer of the Month honor for September.
Patriot League Golfer of the Month
Carter Rufe, Lafayette Sr., Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Rufe had three consecutive outstanding weekends for the Leopards, capped by a dominating performance at the Cornell Invitiational on Sept. 24-25 where he lapped the field with a 6-under par 210. Rufe was the only golfer to finish the event under par, shooting a 70-69-71 to notch an under-par score in each of his three rounds. Rufe had five under-par efforts in his eight rounds in September, also shooting a second-round 68 on his way to a 3-over par 213 and a tie for second place at the Bucknell Invitational on Sept. 16-17 and a first-round 68 while shooting a 1-over par 143 and tying for 10th at the Navy Fall Classic on Sept. 10-11. He finished in the top 10 in the three tournaments which each included 70 or more competitors. Rufe helped Lafayette place second among 12 teams at the Navy Fall Classic, and third of 13 at the Bucknell Invitational. He claims his first Patriot League Golfer of the Month award.
Anthony Kim, Army So., Los Angeles, Calif.
Kim posted top-10 finishes in all three of Army's September events, including a tie for second place with Rufe at the Bucknell Invitational by shooting a 3-over par 213 (69-69-75). He opened the month with a fourth-place showing at the Battle of the Tetons in Victor, Idaho where he shot a final-round 67 that included a hole-in-one. Kim was under par in four of his seven rounds in September.
August Jonas, Navy Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Jonas opened his collegiate career in style by becoming just the second Mid to take medalist honors in the 18-year history of the Navy Fall Classic. He shot a 4-under par 138 (69-69) to claim the individual crown by one stroke. The last Mid to win the title in the event was All-American Billy Hurley in 2003. Jonas followed that up by finishing in a tie for 23rd at the Bucknell Invitational and seventh at the Rehoboth Beach Invitational with a 1-over 143 (71-72).
Patriot League Notebook
Six Teams Meet Up in Patriot League Championship Preview
The 2012 Patriot League Championship will be held at Bucknell Golf Course in Lewisburg on April 28-29, and six of the League's seven teams got an early look at the course and competition when they competed in the Bucknell Fall Invitational on Sept. 16-17. Defending Patriot League champion Army came out as the highest finisher of the six squads with a second-place showing in the 13-team event. And if the event was any indication of the results in April, the Patriot League Golf Championship promises to be a down-to-the-wire finish. Following right behind the Black Knights, Lafayette came in third place, Bucknell was fourth, Navy finished fifth, Lehigh placed sixth and Colgate came in eighth. The six Patriot League teams were separated by a total of 14 strokes, with Army (866) just holding off Lafayette (869), Bucknell (872), Navy (875), Lehigh (877) and Colgate (880). Army sophomore Anthony Kim and Lafayette senior Carter Rufe finished in a tie for second in the 70-player field.
More Patriot League vs. Patriot League Action
The event at Bucknell was one of a handful invovling mulitple Patriot League teams in the first month of the 2011-12 season. Lafayette finished in second place at the Navy Fall Classic, losing to Delaware in a playoff for the team title, while the host Mids fielded teams that finished fourth, fifth and eighth. The teams were together again at the Rehoboth Beach Invitational on Sept. 26, with the Mids this time coming out on top by shooting a 4-over par team score to win the nine-team event by 13 strokes while Lafayette finished seventh. At the Cornell Invitational, Colgate finished as the top team among three Patriot League squads by placing fifth while Lafayette was tied for eighth and Bucknell came in 10th in the 14-team field. Holy Cross edged Lehigh by one place at the Hartford Invitational on Sept. 26-27. Colgate was also scheduled to host an invitational on Sept. 10-11, but inclement weather forced the cancellation of the event.
A pair of golfers from both Lafayette and Navy came away with individual titles in the month of September. Navy freshman August Jonas won his first collegiate event with a 4-under par 138 at the Navy Fall Classic on Sept. 10-11 to claim the title by one stroke. Lafayette senior Carter Rufe put together a dominant performance at the Cornell Invitational on Sept. 24-25 as he shot a 6-under 210 to finish as the only under-par golfer in the field. At the Rehoboth Beach Invitational on Sept. 26, a pair of seniors shared the title as Lafayette's Rob Robertson and Navy's Tim Shield each shot a 3-under par 139 to finish as part of a three-way tie for the top spot in the event.
What to Watch for in October
Patriot League teams remain busy throughout the month of October, with one of the showcase events coming right away with Navy hosting Army in the Star Match on Saturday and Sunday. The Black Knights edged the Mids by four strokes for the Patriot League Championship in Annapolis on April 30-May 1, but the Mids have won four of the past five and 10 of the last 13 Star Matches. Army and Navy will be paired up again at the Service Academy Classic on Oct. 24-25. Two other tournamens include multiple Patriot League teams, with Lafayette and Lehigh at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate on Oct. 15-16 and the Mountain Hawks welcoming the Leopards, Bucknell and Colgate for the Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 22-23. Each Patriot League team has multiple events remaining in the month of October.
For the Patriot League Golf fall schedule, click here