HARRISONBURG, VA - Defending tournament champion Brent Pittman’s (Montvale, NJ) third-place finish propelled the Scarlet Knight men’s golf team to a second-place finish out of 15 teams at the James Madison Invitational on Sunday. As a team, Rutgers carded an 844 (285-271-288), finishing five strokes back of champion Towson in the three-round tournament held at the 6,496-yard, par-71 Lakeview Golf Course.
The second-place finish for Rutgers ends a run of three consecutive tournament titles for the Scarlet Knights. They have finished no worse than fourth in five tournaments this fall season. Rutgers led the event, holding a seven-stroke advantage over Towson, after the opening day of the two-day tournament.
Pittman fired a five-under-par 208 (69-65-74) to tie for third, finishing eight strokes back of tournament winner Jeff Castle of Towson. He won the JMU tournament last year with a nine-under-par, 204 (69-69-66) for his first of two tournament titles last fall.
Sophomore John Browndorf (Rumson, NJ) tied for 10th overall with a one-under-par 212 (72-67-73), followed closely by junior Mike Kosup’s (Flemington, NJ) even-par 213 (75-66-72) and junior Erick Morales’ (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) one-over-par 214 (69-76-69). Kosup tied for 14th, while Morales tied for 17th. Junior Jason Bataille (South Plainfield, NJ) shot a 223 (76-73-74) to tie for 53rd overall.
Rutgers will close out its fall season in Bethpage, NY, at the St. John’s Tillinghast tournament next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18-19.