Bucknell's Dan Bernard
Oct. 4, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - For the first time Patriot League golf monthly awards were presented to both men and women on Thursday, and Bucknell took advantage with a sweep of the honors by senior Dan Bernard and junior Bridget Wilcox.
Bernard earns the first monthly honor for the Bison on the men's side since 2009-10 after three top-10 finishes in the month of September, including his first career win at the Bucknell Invitational on Sept. 14-15. Wilcox claims the first-ever Patriot League Female Golfer of the Month Award after recording the top finish for the Bison in all three September tournaments, with a ninth-place showing at the Bucknell Invitational from Sept. 8-9.
Patriot League Male Golfer of the Month
Dan Bernard, Bucknell Sr., Malvern, Pa.
Bernard posted three top-10 finishes in the month of September, including his first career win at the Bucknell Invitational on Sept. 14-15. Bernard opened with a 1-under 69 and went on to post a two-shot victory over teammate Luke Edelman. Bernard was Bucknell's top finisher in all three tournaments, and the Bison finished no worse than 4th in any of the three. He also tied for 10th at the Colgate Invitational from Sept. 8-9 and finished tied for fourth at the Cornell Invitational from Sept. 22-23. He leads the team in scoring average at 73.9.
Patriot League Female Golfer of the Month
Bridget Wilcox, Bucknell Jr., Bernardsville, N.J.
Wilcox takes the first-ever Patriot League Female Golfer of the Month award after leading the Bison in all three tournaments in September. She started with a ninth-place showing at the Bucknell Invitational on Sept. 8-9, helping her team to a seventh-place showing as the top Patriot League finisher in the field. Wilcox continued her solid month by placing 33rd at the Wolverine Invitational from Sept. 22-23 and 59th at the Nittany Lion Invitational from Sept. 28-29.
Harley Abrams, Lehigh Fr., Boca Raton, Fla.
Abrams had a pair of top-10 finishes in his first month as a collegian, including a second-place showing at his first-ever event, the Colgate Invitational on Sept. 8-9.
Patriot League Notebook
Patriot League vs. Patriot League Competition
A handful of events featured multiple Patriot League teams in the field in September. It started on the first full weekend on Sept. 8-9, where Lehigh (2nd) was ahead of Bucknell (3rd) and Colgate (7th) at the Colgate Invitational and Navy (6th) came in ahead of Lafayette (8th) at the Navy Fall Classic on the men's side, with Lehigh (6th) one spot ahead of Bucknell (7th) at the women's Bucknell Invitational. The next weekend, Lehigh won the men's Bucknell Invitational by one spot over the Bison with Colgate recording a sixth-place showing. Perhaps the biggest statement was made at the Army-Navy Star Meet, with the Black Knights recording a convincing 8.5-2.5 win over the Mids in the Ryder Cup-style competition.
October Brings More Head-to-Head Action
Patriot League men 's golf teams will once again meet up in October, headlined by a preview of the 2013 Patriot League Championship at Lehigh's Saucon Valley Country Club. Bucknell, Colgate and Lafayette will join the host Mountain Hawks on Oct. 20-21 at the site of the championship to be held in April. Additional events with multiple Patriot League teams in the field include the Binghamton Invitational (Bucknell, Colgate) on Oct. 7-8, the Service Academy Classic (Army, Navy) on Oct. 22-23 and the Hummingbird Intercollegiate (Army, Colgate) on Nov. 3-4. Also, Lehigh and Lafayette will face off in a dual competition on Oct. 9.
2013 Patriot League Golf Championships
The first-ever Patriot League Women's Golf Championship will be held on April 20-21 at the Bucknell Golf Club, with the host Bison, Holy Cross and Lehigh competing in the field. The next week will feature the 2013 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship at Saucon Valley Country Club on April 27-28.