MONTCLAIR, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's golf team captured the Columbia Invitational title on Saturday, while senior Ross Pilliod shot four-under-par 136 to earn medalist honors.
Playing two rounds at the par-70 Montclair Golf Club (6,585 yards), the Hawks opened the day with a round of 285 to hold a three-stroke lead over Saint Peter's. Led by Pilliod in the afternoon, Saint Joseph's carded an identical score of 285 in the final round for a total of 570 to capture the team championship and finish 12 strokes ahead of Saint Peter's in second place.
Competing in one of his final events as a Hawk, Pilliod was stellar as he opened with a score of 68 (-2) to hold a one-stroke lead following the first round. With stronger winds gusts in the second round, Pilliod proved to be the most consistent performer on the course as he mirrored his first round with another round of 68 (-2) for a score of 136 (-4) to earn medalist honors by five strokes over the next closest player.
Saint Joseph's also finished with three more golfers in the top-15 as junior Michael O'Brien tied for fifth at 72-71/143 (+3), sophomore Wills Montgomery placed eighth at 70-74/144 (+4) and rookie J.T. Spina tying for 14th with a score of 75-72/147 (+7). Junior Richard Riva rounded out the five-man squad tying for 32nd place with a two-round score of 75-75/150 (+10).
The Hawks return to action at the Navy Spring Invitational on Friday, April 19.
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