CROFTON, Md. – The Bentley University golf team, with freshman Tommy Ethier (Nashua, N.H./ Bishop Guertin HS) leading the way, finished its first tournament of the spring, the California University (Pa.) Coaches Invitational Classic second among 13 teams.
The Falcons, who were in a three-way tie after the second round, turned in a final-round 305 Tuesday at the Crofton Country Club to finish eight strokes back of the host California Vulcans. Bentley concluded the 54-hole tournament with a 314-304-305-923 while California finished strong for a 309-309-297-915.
Ethier, who had a one-stroke lead after 36, tied for second place with his 75-74-76-225 putting him two strokes back. He was overtaken by medalist Ryan Smith (California), who shot a final round 73 for a 223 total.
The top ten also included Bentley junior Chris Simione (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire HS). He tied for eighth after turning in a pair of 77s and a final round 75 for a 229 total.
Bentley, which has already qualified for the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional, has finished in the top three in five of seven tournaments thus far this academic year.
The next action for the Mickey Herron-coached Falcons is The Trojan in Goldsboro, N.C. next Monday and Tuesday.