Golf: Men take second

Coming off their third place finish at the Rutgers Invitational, the Red Storm men’s golf team must have been feeling good about themselves heading into the McLaughlin. St. John’s finished second overall, trailing only University of Akron. After the first round, the Red Storm trailed by seven strokes, but marched back in the second round and within two strokes.

The team was led by junior George Zolotas, who logged a two under par 68 in the first round; he followed that performance by going one under par in the second round with a score of 69.

This combined score of 137 placed him three under par and only one stroke behind the individual leaders; the best golfers of the day were Blake Sattler of Akron and J. J. Shearer of Binghamton University, who tied at a four under par 136 for the day.

Fellow junior Keegan Bradley was tied with Zolotas after the first round with a 68, but shot a two over par 72 in the second round of the day, which placed him in a tie for eighth place on the day. The last of the team’s veteran leadership, sophomore Kevin Velardo with a four over par 74 his second time around, totaling 144.

The Red Storm carried two freshmen in this tournament, Mike Ballo, Jr., and Dan Mollicone. Ballo started the day with a solid four over par 74, but followed with an impressive two under par 68; he finished the day two over par at 142 to tie for 13th place. Mollicone shot a 147 on the day, putting him in a tie for 42nd place. He shot a 75 in the first round with a two over par 72 in the second.

St. John’s also played two golfers individually in Casey Calmi and Joe Yastrub. Calmi, a sophomore, shot a combined eight over par with a 148 to earn a tie for 53rd place. The senior Yastrub shot a 149, putting him nine over par for the day and tied in 63rd place.