HERSHEY, Pa. – Junior David Harris (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) had one of the lowest rounds of the day to help The University of Scranton men's golf team finish fourth after the final round of the Empire 8 Conference Championship on Saturday at the Hershey Country Club East Course.
Harris fired a five-over-par 76, the lowest round of his career and tied for the second-best on the day. His effort helped the Royals to a four-player score of 325 for the day, finishing the four-round event at 1,322 for the team's seventh straight top four finish at the conference championship. The 325 total for the day was the third-best among the eight teams.
St. John Fisher claimed the title with 1,250 strokes over the four rounds. Stevens Institute of Technology was second at 1,285, followed by Moravian (1,292), Scranton (1,322) and Susquehanna (1,362) rounding out the top five.
Senior Tyler Huggins (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) shot 83 on Saturday and finished with rounds of 79-83-77-83 – 322, good for seventh place overall, the best showing by a Royal in the championship. Sophomore Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay) shot 80 for the second straight day and finished the championship with rounds of 83-83-80-80 – 326, good for 10th. Both Huggins and Hayes earned second-team all-conference honors with their performances. It marks the fourth time in the past six season the Royals have had two players finish in the top 10.
Seniors Kevin Nardella (Spring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) and Steven Lambrinakos (Stamford, Conn./Trinity) both shot 86 on Saturday, Nardella finished the event with rounds of 89-85-88-86 – 348, while Lambrinakos had 87-89-90-86 – 352. Harris finished the championship with rounds of 87-84-87-76 – 334.
Sophomore Andrew Milisits (Northampton, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) shot 88 on Saturday after a 93 on Friday. He did not take part in the first two rounds during the fall season.
The Royals will be back in action on Monday, April 17, when they host Marywood and Keystone at 1 p.m. at Glenmauara National Golf Club in Moosic, Pa.