Golf takes home first at Abarta Coca-Cola Collegiate Invitational


Rachel Root

Jonathan Hanna and Jonathan Hanna

HELLERTOWN, Pa. — After a strong performance last week at the Gary Freeman Spring Invitational, the Robert Morris golf team (+254) followed it up with another strong performance, this time, winning the Abarta Coca-Cola Collegiate Invitational at the Steel Club.

Robert Morris won the tournament with a combined score of +9, four shots clear of second place Lafayette (+193). The leading individual scorer was Chris Tanabe of Bucknell, who shot a -3 at the tournament.

Individually, Robert Morris was led by the pair of Max Palmer and Kyle Grube. Both Palmer and Grube tied for third with one-under 143s. Max Palmer flew up 11 places on the leaderboard, thanks to a -3 final round, whereas Grube was more consistent, shooting a 71 on the first day, and a 72 the following.

Next up on the leaderboard for Robert Morris was Bryce Gorrell, who finished in a six-way tie for 12th. Gorrell’s +3 tournament is thanks to a strong second day, in which he climbed 27 places up the board, thanks to a one-under 71.

Finishing within one shot of one-another was the pair of Nick Mihalo and Chase Miller. Mihalo finished tied for 59th with a +11, while Miller tied for 64th with a tournament of +12. Mihalo and Miller both birdied the 489 yard, par-5 15th in the first round.

Wrapping up the tournament for the Colonials in a tie for 97th was Ethan Sawyer. Sawyer shot a 21-over 165. This was the first tournament of the year for the senior from Saranac Lake, New York.

Next up for the Colonials is a trip to Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Md. for the Towson Spring Invitational. The tournament will take place all day on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7.


Editor’s Note (4/22/19)- Changed Kyle Grube’s second day score to 72, also changed Bryce Gorrell’s second day to 71