April 22, 2007
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Junior Matt Czarnecki (Greenwich, Conn.) shot a two-over par 212 over three rounds to claim the individual title at the 2007 Patriot League Golf Championship, held at the Bucknell University Golf Course on Saturday and Sunday. As a team, the Crusaders finished in a tie for sixth place with a total of 913 strokes. Bucknell won the team title with a 883 total strokes.
Czarnecki carded rounds of 73 (three-over par), 68 (two-under par) and 71 (one-over par) to take first place by one stroke over Chris Renninger of Navy. Throughout the 54-hole tournament, Czarnecki recorded nine birdies to lead the field. His score of 212 tied for the ninth-lowest score in Patriot League Championship history. He also becomes the first Holy Cross player to ever win the Patriot League men's golf title as an individual.
Junior Ryan Kenny (Medford, Mass.) had the second-best score of the weekend for Holy Cross, finishing in 22nd place with 229 strokes. Junior Joe Hajjar (Mahwah, N.J.) and senior Chris Gorczyca (Mashpee, Mass.) tied for 35th place with totals of 238 strokes, while senior Casey Turner (Franklin, Mass.) finished 39th (245 strokes) and freshman Anthony Ardito (Portland, Maine) was 41st (251 strokes).
The 2006-2007 season is now complete for the Holy Cross men's golf team.
2007 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship
Team Scores: 1. Bucknell 883 (291-297-295); 2. Navy 886 (298-294-294); 3. Army 888 (293-293-302); 4. Lehigh 890 (299-296-295); 5. Colgate 908 (308-303-297); Tie-6. Holy Cross 913 (304-304-305); Tie-6. Lafayette 913 (299-309-305).
Top Individual Scores: 1. Matt Czarnecki, Holy Cross 212 (73-68-71); 2. Chris Renninger, Navy 213 (72-69-72); 3. Charles Waddell, Bucknell 215 (74-73-68); Tie-4. Steve Suarez, Lehigh 220 (75-72-73); Tie-4 Andrew Cohen, Bucknell 220 (72-74-74); Tie-6. Keita Aoki, Bucknell 222 (73-76-73); Tie-6. Matt Hanlon, Army 222 (71-76-75); Tie-6. Chip Hardie, Navy 222 (73-75-74); 9. Pat Beverly, Army 223 (74-70-79); Tie-10. Sam Walenz, Army 225 (75-73-77); Tie-10. Matt Denison, Lehigh 225 (77-75-73).