Posted by Skidmore Athletics
POTSDAM – John McCarthy ‘13 led the Skidmore Thoroughbreds to the Liberty League Golf Championship qualifier Sunday afternoon, with a tournament-course record of five under par 67 at the par-72 Potsdam Town and Country Club Golf Course.
Skidmore earns the right to host the Liberty League championship in April. The match-play event will include Rensselaer, Rochester and Clarkson with the winner claiming the league's automatic NCAA Division III berth.
Skidmore easily won the event by 13 strokes after rushing out to an 11-stroke lead after day one, and holding off Rensselaer on the second day. The Thoroughbreds (583) had three of the top five golfers in the field, while the Engineers (596) had two of the top five. The University of Rochester came in third overall among the team scores with 616, followed by Clarkson (623), St. Lawrence (625), Hobart College (627) and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (783).
McCarthy shot a 74 on the first day, but blistered the course to a tune of 67 on day two, including six birdies and just one bogey. Teammate Garrett Colgan ‘13 led the field after the first day, shooting one-under, but shot one-over on day two to take second overall and finish the tournament at even-par.
Coming in third was Rensselaer's Grant Rosener, who was consistent with a pair of 73's, and teammate Brandon Mader came in fourth, two strokes behind Rosener. Rounding out the Liberty League all-stars was Skidmore's Zach Grossman ‘15, who tied for fourth with Rosener at 148, four-over par in the two-day event.
Playing outside of his team's top five, Rochester's Tyler Scarborough shot a 149 over two days to make the Liberty League Second-Team and come in sixth overall. Also, Skidmore's Anthony Dilisio ‘13 made second-team honors.
The Thoroughbreds will play in the GolfWeek Division III Invite Oct. 9- 11 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla.