Oswego State looks to repeat success at home behind consistent veteran leadership

his Saturday, Sept. 18,  the Oswego State golf team will look to continue its impressive season at the 18th Annual Oswego Invite.

The tournament will be held at the team’s home course for the first time this season, at the Oswego Country Club.

The Lakers look to continue their recent success at this event, as they finished in a tie for second place out of ten teams in the tournament last year. The team has not finished worse than third place in the last five years at this event. This includes first place finishes in the 2013-14 and the 2010-11 seasons.

Senior captain Dan North, who graduates this December, has had much success in the hometown tournament. As a junior captain last season, North led the Lakers and finished second overall with a 73 (+4) en route to that second place finish in 2014-15.

North’s teammate, Tyler Wurzer, who is a senior as well, has also shone in this event in the past. As a sophomore in the 2013-14 season, Wurzer shot a 75 (+4) in a strong effort which led to a first place Lakers finish.

Despite their success at the Oswego Country Club over past few years, the team hit a bump in the road most recently at the Oswego Spring Invitational, in which they finished in fifth place out of six teams in the event this past April.

North and Wurzer, who are the leaders on this team, will look to follow the excellent senior class from 2014. Three seniors from last year, Kyle Brockman, Kyle Gaillard and Omari Howard, all finished within the top six of this invitational last year.

This past Wednesday, the team took third place out of nine teams at the Keuka Fall Invite. Mike Marshall, another senior on this team, tied for the best score on the team with underclassmen Stuart Winn and Joshua Krause with a +8. Oswego State finished two shots behind second place SUNY Delhi “B” team and seven shots behind the SUNY Delhi “A” team.

The tournament has a start time of 1 p.m. on Saturday, as the Lakers will look to bounce back from that result and defend their home course. The senior golfers will also look to put on some good swings in what will most likely be their final fall invitational at home in Oswego.