Athletics News

Colonial of the Week

March 23, 2009

Name: Brandon Rukin
Sport: Golf
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Pepper Pike, Ohio
High School: Orange

GW freshman Brandon Rukin had the highest finish of his brief collegiate career last weekend by shooting a two-over-par 146 (74-72) at the 11th Annual GW Golf Invitational. Rukin was just one stroke off the pace as he tied Rhode Island's Mark Stevens for second place in a field of 117 golfers in Bethany Beach, Del. It marked his second Top-5 finish in six events this season. The two-day, 36-hole event was played Friday and Saturday on the par-72, 6,843-yard Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course.

Rukin parred 26 of the 36 holes and averaged 4.05 strokes (+1) on the par-four holes. He birdied four holes (two each day) to go with just six bogies on the weekend. His second-round 72 on Saturday was his single-round career low. As a result of his performance, Rukin was named the Atlantic 10 Performer and Rookie of the Week for men's golf.

Rukin's efforts helped the Colonials' `B' team to an 11th-place tie in the 22-team field with a 623 (323-300) total, one stroke behind 9th-place Villanova and Binghamton (622). His individual head-to-head record now stands at 251-227 (.525).