The paths of Michael Davis and Cole Berman have often crossed on the golf course during their still young careers.
It happened again last week when Davis, a junior at Princeton, and Berman, a junior at Georgetown, teed it up in the Princeton Invitational, which concluded Sunday at Springdale Golf Club.
They were rivals in the Inter-Ac League as Davis, who plays out of Aronimink Golf Club, was a standout at Malvern Prep while Berman, a Philadelphia Cricket Club member, was twice the Inter-Ac champion at The Haverford School
The summer following their freshman year in college, they squared off in the final of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Llanerch Country Club with Berman prevailing, 6 and 4, in the scheduled 36-hole final.
This time Davis got the better of Berman as he was one of just three players to finish under par for 54 holes, ending up at 1-under 212 over the 6,414-yard, par-71 Springdale layout to lead the host Tigers to a third-place finish in the team standings.
Davis opened with a solid 2-under 69 and added a 2-over 73 in the afternoon of Saturday’s double round. He then finished up with a 1-under 70.
Berman matched Davis’ final-round 70 to finish tied for 19th at 6-over 219. He helped the Hoyas finish in a tie for sixth in the team race.
Seton Hall, led by individual champion Lloyd Jefferson Go, a senior from the Philippines, won the team title with a 1-over 853 total. The Pirates struggled a little in the opening round with a 12-over 296, but then carded a 3-under 281 in the middle round and finished up by firing an 8-under 276.
Harvard was the runnerup, five shots back of Seton Hall at 6-over 858 after a final round of 3-under 281. Princeton was another four shots behind Harvard at 10-over 862 after a final-round 287. Big Ten representative Minnesota opened up strong with a 5-under 279, but fell back with rounds of 294 and 296 to finish alone in fourth at 17-over 869.
Yale was four shots behind Minnesota, the only team in the field in the Golfstat top 100 at No. 83, in fifth at 21-over 873 after a final round of 3-under 281. Rutgers shared sixth with Georgetown, two shots behind Yale at 875.
Saint Joseph’s took 10th at 896, a shot better than Penn, which was 11th at 897. It was two more shots to Temple in 12th in the 14-team field at 899.
After opening with a 2-under 69, Go, the reigning Big East champion, went really low with a 6-under 65 before finishing up with a 1-under 70 as he cruised to the individual title by five shots with a 9-under 204 total.
Teammate Alex Chalk, a freshman from Scotland, also finished in the top five. After opening with a 78, Chalk fired rounds of 69 and 68 to finish tied for fifth at 2-over 215.
Chris Yeom, a sophomore from Flushing, N.Y., gave Seton Hall another top-10 finish as a final-round 69 enabled him to finish tied for eighth at 3-over 216. Gen Nagal, a sophomore from the Philippines, and senior Kevin O’Brien, a former North Allegheny standout, rounded out the Seton Hall contingent as they were among the group tied for 37th at 10-over 223. Nagal had a final-round 74 while O’Brien climbed the leaderboard with a 2-under 69 to finish strong.
Harvard’s Auria Capart, a sophomore from Belgium, was the runnerup, five shots back of Go at 4-under 209. Capart fired a sizzling 5-under 66 in the middle round.
Davis was joined in the top five by Princeton teammate Mark Hedrick, a junior from Encinitas, Calif. who was in the group tied for fifth at 2-over 215. Hedrick matched par in the final round with a 71 after a 3-under 68 in the middle round.
Georgetown was led by Sam Madsen, a junior from Madison, Wis. who fired a final round of 3-under 68 to finish alone in fourth at even-par 213.
Rounding out the trio tied for fifth at 215 was Cornell’s Chris Troy, who struggled to a final-round 76 after signing for 69 and 70 in Saturday’s double round.
Georgetown’s Berman was joined by teammate Jack Musgrave, a junior from Chesterton, Ind., in the group tied for 19th at 6-over 219. Musgrave matched par in the final round with a 71.
Also for the Hoyas, Kevin Jackson, a sophomore from Atlanta, finished tied for 48th after a final-round 75 and Eduardo Blochtein, a freshman from Delray Beach, Fla., finished 57th after a final-round 73.
Also in that group tied for 19th at 6-over 219 was Saint Joseph’s top finisher, Ross Pilliod, a sophomore out of Berks Catholic (and occasional Stonewall caddy last summer). Pilliod had a pair of 72s after opening up with a 75. Pilliod’s strong final round helped the Hawks post a final round of 8-over 292, as big reason they were to sneak past Big 5 rivals Penn and Temple into 10th.
Also for the Hawks, Drew Taylor, a senior from East Berlin, finished tied for 44th at 224 after a final-round 73, senior Tyler Sokolis, a former Central Bucks West standout, finished tied for 54th at 227 after a final-round 75, Michael O’Brien, a freshman from West Chester, Ohio, finished tied for 58th after a final-round 74 and freshman Richard Riva, a Lancaster Catholic product, finished tied for 63rd at 232 after a final-round 75.
Penn was led by Josh Goldenberg, a sophomore from Scarsdale, N.Y. who finished tied for 34th at 9-over 224. Goldenberg struggled to a 77 in the final round after rounds of 73 and 72 in Saturday’s 36-hole marathon.
Carter Thompson, a junior from Tallahassee, Fla., and Zareh Kaloustian, a sophomore from Sherman Oaks, Calif., were among the group tied for 44th at 225 for the Quakers. Thompson had a final-round 76 while Kaloustian had a second straight 73 after opening the tournament with a 79.
Amay Poria, a junior from Morgan Hill, Calif., finished tied for 54th at 227 after a final-round 75 and, rounding out the Penn contingent, Matt Kern, a senior from Springboro, Ohio, finished tied for 63rd at 232 after a final-round 78.
Temple was led by Trey Wren, a sophomore from Suffolk, Va. who finished tied for 16th at 4-over 218. Wren sandwiched a strong 2-under 69 in the middle round with rounds of 74 and 75.
John Barone, a sophomore from Dunmore, finished tied for 48th at 226 for the Owls after a final-round 75. Also for Temple, sophomore Gary McCabe, a La Salle product, finished tied for 54th at 227 after a final-round 78, redshirt freshman Erik Reisner, a two-time Central League champion at Harriton, finished tied for 66th after matching par in the final round with a 71, and junior Bobby Firth, a Jenkintown product, finished tied for 69th at 237 after a final-round 76.