Junior Brendan Worthy takes a swing during golf practice last fall. Worthy won in singles competition in the annual President's Cup Match, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 against Lafayette College. (Courtesy Lehigh Athletics)

Lehigh men’s golf to compete in Lehigh Invitational on Friday, Saturday


The Lehigh men’s golf team will take to Saucon Valley Country Club to host the annual Lehigh Invitational on the club’s Grace Course on Friday and Saturday.

Last year, Towson University won first place with a score of 602 — 295 on the first day and 307 on the second — as the Mountain Hawks finished 10th out of 12 teams. At last year’s invitational, senior David Olexson, who tied for 18th overall at 158, was a significant standout player. The team hopes its performances in both the Tuxedo Autumn Invitational and Rutgers Invitational will improve its standing in the Patriot League.

“The Saucon Valley Grace Course is our home course, so we play out there five days a week,” Coach Henry D’Alberto said. “We know the golf course well and we need to execute.”

Five out of the eight-person varsity team are freshman players, yet they are already making a significant impact on the team’s overall performance. Freshmen Johnathan Hsu and Eamon Marone shot well at the Tuxedo Autumn Invitational and Rutgers Invitational.

Hsu shot 20 over par for 233 — making him the second-highest finishing Lehigh player of the invitational. Marone and Hsu both shot 222 at the Rutgers Invitational — tying them at 34th place overall.

This season the team has had strong showings in both aforementioned tournaments, finishing ninth out of 11 at the Tuxedo Park Invitational and seventh out of 14 at the Rutgers Invitational.

At last season’s Patriot League Championship, Loyola University (Maryland) won its second championship and Lehigh finished fifth out of eight teams overall. An improvement over previous standings, the team’s finishes this season will aid the men’s golf team’s standing in the Patriot League Championship.

Most recently, however, the Lehigh team fell to Lafayette College, 9-7, in its annual President’s Cup matches on Tuesday. Hsu, freshman Lee Hammerschmidt and junior Brendan Worthy each picked up singles wins in the matchup.

The Lehigh Invitational will be the team’s final event of the fall season and will start back up in the spring.

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