BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates men's golf team jumped ahead two spots on Sunday to finish seventh out of 11 teams at the season-opening Bowdoin Invitational, firing the fourth-best score in the field (633) for the day.
Bates entered the day in ninth place, but surged ahead of St. Joseph's (643) and UMaine-Farmington (654), also placing ahead of Bowdoin (644) and Colby (689). The Bobcats came four strokes behind sixth-place Nichols. Endicott won the event at 607.
Sophomore Matt Marcus (Newton, Mass.) scored a 75 on Sunday, tying for the seventh-lowest score in the field of 61. Junior captain Brad Rutkin (Great Neck, N.Y.) produced a 76 to tie Marcus for 17th place overall over two days, at 156. Sophomore Spencer Pierce (Winnetka, Ill.) finished at a team-best 155, tying for 15th place overall, following up Saturday's 76 with a 79. Junior captain Alex Stekler (Avon, Conn.) shot an 81 Sunday to finish 39th overall (166), rounding out Bates' scoring.
Bates plays at the Maine State Championships next, Sept. 19-20 at Fairlawn Golf Club in Poland.
Pierce fired a 76 on the first day of the season-opening Bowdoin Invitational, leading the Bates men's golf team to ninth place among 11 teams. The tournament concludes Sunday at Brunswick Golf Course.
Bates' top four players combined to shoot a 322, a stroke behind both St. Joseph's and UMaine-Farmington but ahead of CBB rivals Bowdoin (325) and Colby (354). Providence College is the first-day leader at 300.
Pierce tied for the 10th-best score among 61 players in the tournament. Behind him for the Bobcats were Rutkin at 80, Marcus with an 81 and Stekler shooting an 85.