Macchia Leads Hawks at Bradford Invite

Release Date:
August 31, 2013
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Bradford Results    Team by Team Break Down

BRADFORD, P.A. – After an opening round under their belts, the Hilbert College golf team can relax and look forward to their home opener in less than one week. The Hawks grabbed an 11th place finish at the Pitt-Bradford Invitation held at the Pine Acres Country Club August 31. Hilbert dropped 21 strokes off their score from a year ago but their 367 tally today gave  them an 11th place finish out of 12 teams.  

Penn State Behrend’s Nick Van Damia was the medalist shooting a 73 and his team captured the team win (303) with a four-stroke advantage over Thiel College.   It was a tight race until the end when Van Damia held on for a two-stroke lead over a four-way tie for second place.

The Hawks were led by junior John Macchia (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park/Erie CC) who raced to an 83 score, beating Ryan Ratajczak (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park/Buffalo State) by one stroke. Jake Reinecke (Hamburg, NY/Eden) reached for a 94 while Vinny Giamberdino (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) finished shooting 106.

After classes start Tuesday, the Hawks can get excited for their annual Hilbert Invitational held at Gowanda Country Club September 6 with a 1pm tee-time. 


Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.