Canisius College senior golfer Mike Spiotta and
freshman Andrew Romano are tied for sixth place after each player shot a one-over par score of 73 in
the first round of the Cornell Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Robert
Trent Jones Course on Cornell's campus in Ithaca, N.Y. As a team, the Golden
Griffins are in fifth-place out of 13 teams in the field with a team score of
Spiotta's score of 73 came after he
posted a 35 on the front nine and a 38 on the back, while Romano went out in 38
and closed the round with a score of 35 on the back. Senior Michael Carrig is tied
for 11th in the field after he posted a three-over par score of 75.
Cornell's Zach Bosse leads the field after 18 holes with a two-under score of
St. Bonaventure posted a team score
of 294 to claim the 18-hole lead in the team event. Two-time tournament
champion Binghamton is in second place with a score of 297, while Fordham
(298), Bucknell (300) and Canisius round out the top-five.
Heavy rains and previously wet
course conditions in Ithaca forced a four-hour delay during the first round, as the course's grounds crew tried to clear standing water
on the par-72, 6,890 track. The event has been shortened to 36 holes, with the second and final round starting
tomorrow, Sept. 23, with players going off at 8 a.m.