Pottstown, Pa. - The Nittany Lions were back on the course for the second time in as many days, traveling on Tuesday to Raven's Claw Golf Club for the Ursinus College Fall Invitational where they faced off with 10 NCAA Division III golf programs. Following the best team finish of the season on Monday, the Lions followed up that fine performance with their lowest team score of the year finishing in eighth place with a score of 335 amongst an impressive field of competitors. Cabrini College took home the team medal with a combined score of 289 followed by Rutgers University - Camden with a total of 300, while Albright College finished third with a team total of 304.
All four Nittany Lion golfers turned in solid scores on Tuesday on an unfamiliar course ripe with hazards and out of bounds areas. Junior Zach Kyttle (Berwick, Pa.), and freshmen John Hawley (Mountain Top, Pa.) and Geran Triano (Sugarloaf, Pa.) all finished tied for 30th individually with scores of 83. Freshman Joshua Provost followed close behind with an 86 to round out an excellent day on the links.
Kyttle had mixed results on the day, lipping out a pair of par saves that could have helped kick start his round, but finished well with birdie on his final hole to card his 83.
Hawley followed up his 2nd place finish at the Blue Course with another fine round, crediting coach Jason Martonick's advice after errant shot out of bounds nearly derailed his day. Hawley recovered well to post his 12 over par score in the clubhouse.
Triano turned in his best score of the season on Tuesday, getting up and down around the greens to save par on four occasions. After a miss-hit from the tee on the par four 16th hole, the freshman pulled his five metal from 250 yards away, knocking the ball greenside to ultimately save an unconventional par and keep momentum on his side as he completed his round.
Provost finished the day just behind his teammates at 15 over par in 39th position. The freshman birdied his final hole of the day, recovering from a bunker nearly 170 yards out from the flag to make an outstanding three to end his day. Provost spoke after the round, "It was great to see that we were able to hold our own against NCAA competitors, we held it together and posted a solid score and it's great to see our hard work in practice pay off on the course."
Hazleton returns to Penn State University Athletic Conference play next week when they travel to Irem Country Club, home of Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The teams will tee it up on Tuesday, October 4th for their last PSUAC event before the combine PSUAC/USCAA Championships in State College, Pa. the following week.