Another cold and damp day greeted Region III golfers Sunday as Tompkins Cortland Community College hosted the Panthers Open Championship at Elm Tree Golf Course in Cortland. With golfers from ten school competing, the Panthers finished in fifth place with a team score of 320. The team title went to Onondaga Community College with a score of 309, five strokes ahead of SUNY Adirondack.
Lead by tournament medalist Daniel Lapp (Trumansburg/Charles O. Dickerson H.S.), the Tompkins Cortland Community College golf team earned a second place finish in the Mid-State Athletic Conference championship, held in conjunction with the Onondaga Invitational Saturday at Timber Banks Golf Course in Baldwinsville.
This spring has been unkind to any outdoor sports, but perhaps none more so than golf. With golf courses late opening all across the state, teams in Region III found it tough to get many practice rounds in heading into the season-opening tournament Friday in Auburn. As a result, many teams put up scores they hope will prove to be their highest of the year. Count Tompkins Cortland Community College among those teams as the Panthers carded a team score of 370 to finish fifth among the nine teams at the Nicholas J. DeSocio Memorial Invite, hosted by Cayuga Community College at the Highland Park Golf Course. Niagara County Community College might have been the lone school to leave the day pleased with its score as the Thunderwolves won the invitational with a score of 318, a full 26 strokes better than runner-up Mohawk Valley Community College.
With the release of the 2018 schedule, anticipation is building for the Tompkins Cortland golf season. With the top three golfers from the 2017 season graduated, competition for a spot in the starting lineup is expected to be wide open.