HUMACAO, Puerto Rico –
The Bucknell men’s golf team made its 2024 spring debut on Sunday at the Palmas del Mar Collegiate in Puerto Rico. The Bison are in 16th place in a talented field after the first of three rounds after opening with a 306 team score.
led the Bison with a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday, followed by Hayden Quinn
with a 76, Andres Barraza
with a 77, and Alex Creamean
with a 78. James Robbins’
79 was not counted, and Jake Maddaloni
carded a 76 while playing as an individual.
Those six Bison combined for 16 birdies on the day, including five from Barraza, but it was not enough to keep up with a field that saw 10 teams shoot even-par or better. Kennesaw State grabbed the early lead with an 8-under 280, one shot better than Arkansas and five better than Michigan and host UNC Greensboro. Rutgers and Drexel are tied for fifth place at 2-under 286, and Wofford and Mercer also posted red numbers with 1-under 287s.
Shaun Cook of Kennesaw State and Matt Doyle of Elon are the co-leaders after opening with 5-under 67s. Hunter Thompson of Michigan, Xavier Marcoux of Rutgers, and Symon Balbin of UNCG are all one shot back, as 38 players shot even par or better in round one.
Round two gets underway at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.