MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Proving that the first day wasn't a fluke, the Johnson & Wales University men's golf team backed up a strong first round with another good score in round two. Against a top field of teams, the Wildcats finished eighth at the Duke Nelson Invitational, hosted by Middlebury College at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
The Wildcats carded a two-day total of 600 (298-302) to finish a stroke behind Skidmore. JWU finished just outside the top five as St. Lawrence was sixth at 596 and Tufts posted a 596. Babson won the event with a two-day total of 572.
Sophomore Alex Parente (North Kingstown, RI) finished tied for 10th as he posted back-to-back rounds of 72 for a 144 total. His 36-hole score is the lowest in the last eight seasons.
Freshman Matt Daley (Duxbury, Mass.) had the biggest improvement from Saturday to Sunday as he fired a 75 to finish at 157 (82-75).
Sophomore Christian Maselli (Exeter, R.I.) and freshman Adam Ely (Essex, Vt.) tied for 46th at 152. Maselli had rounds of 75-77 while Ely went 74-78. Freshman Ryan Malloy (East Greenwich, R.I.) fired a 156 (77-79) to finish tied for 70th.
Johnson & Wales will face another competitive field next weekend when it takes part in the Williams Invitational at Taconic Golf Course.