Matt Connolly and Nick Jagoe
GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team improved their team score by three strokes on the second and final day of competition at the two-day Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships at the par-71 Gorham Country Club Sunday.
However, the Corsairs finished the tournament in third place overall with a second-day score of 308 for a 36-hole total of 619.
Rhode Island College shot a team score of 306 and won the tournament with a score of 606, while Southern Maine shot 303 for a total of 609. UMass Dartmouth was trailed by host St. Joseph's, which shot 312 for 532, Johnson & Wales, which shot 315 and also finished at 632, Emmanuel, which came in at 333 for 674, and Suffolk, which shot 343 for 686.
For the Corsairs, junior Kevin Rewinski (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) led the way on the second day, shooting a 75 for a two-day total of 158. He tied for 15th overall. Junior Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) shot a 77 for a 36-hole total of 153, and tied for fifth; senior Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot a 77 for 154, and tied for eighth; sophomore Brendan Kelleher (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS) shot a 79 for 156, and tied for 10th; and senior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/ Barnstable HS/Fairfield) shot a 79 for 160, and tied for 22nd.
"We played better today, we fought for 18 holes to try to get back into it, and being 11 shots back after the first day is tough," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "You have to be a little more aggressive the second day and take chances to try to get back into it, and sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't. Our team played hard today, and Kevin bounced back from his round yesterday. Congratulations to Rhode Island College, their win was well-deserved and they will represent the conference well. Hopefully, this will give us confidence going into the New Englands next week. We have a lot of golf to play, and we just want to keep moving forward."
The Corsairs will return to action a week from Monday at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships.