09 Dec 2021 | 15:15 | Golf
VILLANOVA, Pa.—Freshman Peter Weaver (Frontenac, Mo.) led Villanova with a score of even par (70) in the second round on Tuesday afternoon and the Wildcats finished fifth over 36 holes in their home tournament at Radnor Valley Country Club. Weaver and senior Max Siegfried (Villanova, Pa.) tied for 15th place individually, while the Villanova ‘B’ lineup tied for a 12th place finish in the field of 16 teams.
The fifth place finish for the Wildcats came after the team posted scores of 289-292 in the two rounds of play on the par-70, 6,484-yard Radnor Valley course. Villanova’s team score of 581 is its lowest in a 36-hole tournament since this same tournament in 2017 when the Wildcats had a score of 576 when their annual spring event was held at White Manor CC in Malvern. The team has tallied a score below 300 in six of its 11 rounds this season, including five times in its last six rounds.
Weaver was one of five players in the field of 94 golfers to make an eagle in the tournament, with all five instances coming on the 529-yard, par-five seventh hole. He bogeyed his first two holes on Tuesday but recovered to birdie the sixth and eagle the seventh to push his score to one-under for the day. After carding a 75 in the opening round on Monday, Weaver was even at the turn in round two and made 11 pars on the day. Eight of those pars came in his last 10 holes, with the exceptions being a birdie at No. 14 and bogey on No. 15.
This is the third top-20 finish of the season for both Weaver and Siegfried, who each wound up with scores of 145 (+5) over 36 holes. Siegfried carded a 72 in the second round which included a birdie on the seventh and 14 pars for the round. Junior Noah Peck (Hunt Valley, Md.) and senior Reb Banas (Winnetka, Ill.) each shot 75 in the second round to account for the other two Villanova counting scores on the day. Peck tied for a 22nd place finish with scores of 71-75=146 (+6), while Banas was just one stroke back and tied for 29th place (72-75=147, +7).
Rounding out the team’s lineup were graduated student Ambrose Abbracciamento (Newtown, Pa.) and sophomore Matt Minerva (Elmsford, N.Y.). Abbracciamento had one of the counting scores on Monday and finished the tournament with a score of 150 (73-77, +10), while Minerva posted a 36-hole score of 152 (74-78, +12).
The top finisher in the Wildcats ‘B’ lineup was freshman Jonathan Elkins (South Deerfield, Mass.). Villanova’s second group of five golfers tied for 12th place with Colgate and finished ahead of La Salle, Canisius and Saint Joseph’s in the team standings. Elkins tied for 22nd place with a score of 146 and shot 72 in Tuesday’s final round. Sophomore Luke Alexander (Rochester, Minn.) carded identical scores of 74 in his two rounds of play to tie for 34th place at 148.
The junior trio of Jack O’Hara (Loudonville, N.Y.), Matt Davis (Newtown Square, Pa.) and Danny Dougherty (Wilmington, Del.) rounded out the Wildcats contingent. O’Hara shot 75 in the second round, followed by Davis with a 76 and Dougherty with a 77.
Nathan Bazant from Rider was the individual medalist with a score of 139 (70-69, -1) and was the lone player in the field to shoot below par for the tournament. He edged Jack Simon of St. John’s and Simon McGrath of Temple who each posted scores of even-par 140.
St. John’s was the team champion with a score of 573 (+13), one stroke better than Temple (574, +14) which made a late charge towards the top of the team leaderboard during the second round.
Villanova competes in the Abarta Collegiate Invitational hosted by Lafayette this coming Sunday and Monday (April 18-19).