March 11, 2014

Pioneers Finish Fifth At Lonnie Barton Invitational

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Sacred Heart men's golf team wrapped up its opening tournament of the spring on Tuesday with a fifth-place finish at the Lonnie Barton Invitational at the LPGA International Champions Course. Ross Kronberg (New Canaan, Conn.) was the Pioneers' top team scorer, placing tied for 12th overall.

Kronberg posted the Pioneers' low score on Tuesday with a 76 on the par-72 course for a two-round score of 155. Peter Ballo (Stamford, Conn.) cut a stroke from his first round with a 78 in the final round, finishing tied for 17th with a 157. Will Smittle (Scarsdale, N.Y.) posted an 80 on Tuesday to put him tied for 24th in the tournament. Jeff Cohen (Windham, N.H.) rounded out the Sacred Heart scoring group with an 84 on Tuesday for a two-round score of 164 putting him tied for 29th.

Sacred Heart had three other golfers play as individuals in the tournament. Freshman AJ Correia (Bedford, N.H.) finished seventh in the tournament with a two-round score of 151. Sam Barber (North Bay, Ontario) and Connor Donnelly (Westbury, N.Y.) both had two-round scores of 177 to tie for 57th place.

The Pioneers were six strokes better as a team on Tuesday with a team score of 313. Sacred Heart finished the tournament four shots behind Saint Francis U for fourth place with a two-round total of 632. Robert Morris won the tournament with a team score of 594, winning by 14 strokes over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Sacred Heart is back in action on March 30 for the first round of the Whiting Turner Towson Invitational.

Team Results – First Round (Par 72)

1. Robert Morris               +18 (298-296--594)

2. Fairleigh Dickinson      +32 (303-305--608)

3. Bryant                              +48 (305-319--624)

4. Saint Francis U              +52 (319-309--628)

5. Sacred Heart                 +56 (319-313--632)

6. LIU Brooklyn                  +64 (329-311--640)

7. Wagner                           +73 (330-310--649)

8. Siena                                                +79 (332-323--655)

9. St. Lawrence                 +83 (329-330--659)

10. St. Francis Brooklyn  +104 (338-342--680)

Sacred Heart Team Scores

T12. Ross Kronberg         +11 (79-76--155)

T17. Pete Ballo                  +13 (79-78--157)

T24. Will Smittle                +17 (81-80--161)

T29. Jeff Cohen                                 +20 (80-84--164)

T29. Dominic Formato    +20 (85-79--164)

Sacred Heart Individual Scores

7. AJ Correia                       +7 (73-78—151)

T57. Sam Barber               +33 (82-95—177)

T57. Connor Donnelly     +33 (90-87—177)