April 7, 2013
Louis Walsh loves playing in Bethlehem, Pa. Last season, Walsh shot a 75 (+3) in the opening round and was just five strokes back from the individual leader. This season, Walsh scored five-over-par in the first round and is once again five strokes behind the leader. However, Siena finds themselves in 16th place in the 19 team field with 18 holes to play.
Jess Esposito was next in line for the Saints with an eight over par.
John Van Vranken, Riley McGraw, and freshman walk-on Brendan Quintana all had similar scoring outputs in day one.
Walsh's score was good enough to place him 31st overall and five shots behind overall leaders Brandon Shin of Hofstra University and Christopher Crawford of Drexel University.
In 2012, Siena finished seventh in the same event and they were helped by Esposito as well,who shot an even par 72 on the closing day surging him up to ninth place in the standings.
Conference foe Saint Peter's University is the overall leader, 20 strokes ahead of Siena. Four other MAAC programs participate in the event with Iona College stopping play in 10th, Manhattan College in 11th, Rider University in 12th and Niagara University rounding out the field tied for 18th.
Siena is just 11 strokes back from ninth place and five shots ahead from the 17th place team.
The final day of the Lafayette Invitational will take place tomorrow.