CORTLAND — The Cortland Purple Tigers varsity golf team kicked off the fall sports season by defeating Syracuse City, 200-250 Thursday at Walden Oaks.
Andrew Partigianoni and Kooper Knabe led the Purple Tigers with scores of 35 and 38, respectively. All six Cortland golfers shot lower than any of Syracuse’s squad, which was led by Tommy Rioux with a 47.
“The team played very well today,” Cortland head coach Nolan Sinclair said. “We had five different players shoot 43 or better, and I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts. We have had some great scores in practice leading up to this match and the team worked exceptionally hard in the offseason to improve their overall games. The golf course was in great shape, and we took advantage of the opportunity to start the season out at home.”
Sinclair said his team’s goal was to shoot 220 or better as often as possible this season. They were successful in that goal in their first match, and now they turn their sights to a tournament Monday at Drumlins in Syracuse and a home match with Central Square Tuesday.
In addition to Partigianoni and Knabe, Cortland returns Ethan Hay, Caden Congdon, Carter Baum, Matteo Rabusin, Liam Woodard, Ben McGrath and C.J. Urtz, and adds Finn Thomas, Bodey McGrath and Daniel Reagan.