Holy Cross' Steve Zychowski
Nov. 17, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. - Patriot League golf teams wrapped up their fall schedules in the month of October, with Holy Cross highlighting the month by winning the Assumption Shootout and having junior Steve Zychowski finish first at the 34-team NEIGA Championship. For his effort, Zychowski was named the October Patriot League Golfer of the Month.
Patriot League Golfer of the Month
Steve Zychowski, Holy Cross Jr., Mendham, N.J.
Zychowski capped a strong fall season by winning the 34-team NEIGA Championship on Oct. 17-18 with a two-over par score of 146 (71-75). It was his first career individual medal and helped the Crusaders to a fourth-place finish in the field. Zychowski also finished 15th at the Assumption Shootout on Oct. 4 to help the Crusdaders to first place in the eight-team field. He finishes the fall season with a team-best 74.7 stroke average and led the Crusaders in five of six events. Zychowski is Holy Cross' first Patriot League Golfer of the Month award winner since 2007.
Carter Rufe, Lafayette Sr., Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Rufe finished in fifth place at both of Lafayette's October events, shooting a two-over par 146 (76-70) at the Barnabus Health Intercollegiate on Oct. 15-16 and a four-over par 148 (71-77) at the Lehigh Invitational the next week.
Patriot League Notebook
Patriot League Teams join up in Multiple Fall Events
Four October events featured multiple Patriot League teams, with a pair matching up rivals Army and Navy. The Mids got the better of the Black Knights twice, defeating Army 7-4 in Annapolis in the Star Match on Oct. 1-2 and finishing ahead of Army in the three-team Service Academy Classic that also included Air Force on Oct. 24-25. More than half of the Patriot League competed at the Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 22-23, with Colgate placing second, Lafayette fourth, Lehigh sixth and Bucknell seventh in the eight-team field. Lafayette also placed ahead of Lehigh at the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate on Oct. 15-16.
There were five events in Septemeber that featured multiple Patriot League teams in the field, including six of the League's seven teams partaking in a preview of the 2012 Patriot League Championship at Bucknell Golf Course on Sept. 16-17. Army finished second overall and tops among the Patriot League teams in that field, and was followed closely by Lafayette (3rd), Bucknell (4th), Navy (5th), Lehigh (6th) and Colgate (8th) in the 13-team tournament.
When he won the NEIGA Championship, Zychowski became the fifth Patriot League golfer to win an individual title in the fall. 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.
See you in March!
Patriot League golf teams will break for the winter months and return to the course for the spring season in March. Each school will be playing in preparation for the Patriot League Golf Championship set to be held on April 28-29 at Bucknell Golf Course in Lewisburg, Pa. Army is the defending champion, and the winner receives the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
For all of the Patriot League Golf fall results, click here