Golfers 10th After First Day at Hampton Inn Invitational

UMass Dartmouth Men's Golf

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team shot a team score of   342 and is in 10th place after the first day of play at the 18-team Hampton Inn Invitational at the par-72 Allendale Country Club Friday.

The UMass Dartmouth Gold team was a shot behind, with a score of 343, and is in 11th place.

Husson leads with a score of 310, followed by Salem State at 317, Elms at 322, Western New England at 328, Endicott at 329, Springfield at 331. Nichols at 336, Babson at 338 and Johnson & Wales at 341. Following the Corsairs were Amherst at 346, Tufts and Wentworth at 347, Worcester State at 350, Castleton State at 353, Anna Maria at 358 and Mitchell at 432.

For the Corsairs, senior Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS), junior Kevin Rewinski (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) and junior Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) each came in at 85 and is tied for 37th place, while sophomore Brendan Kelleher (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS) came in at 87 and is tied for 47th.  For the UMD Gold team, sophomore Ryan Benton (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) shot a 79 and is tied for ninth, senior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) scored 83 and is tied for 22nd, junior John Coucci (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS), shot a 90 and is tied for 67th, and senior Matt Baird (Stoughton, MA/Coyle & Cassidy HS) shot a 91 and is tied for 70th.

"Unfortunately, we played Jekyll and Hyde golf," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "We either had a good front side or a good back side, but we couldn't put 18 holes together. Brendan Kelleher struggled on the front ant had a great back side, Nick Jagoe had a great front side and a tough back side, and Ryan Benton had a phenomenal back side, shooting two under par at 34, and struggled to bogey golf on the front side.

I certainly don't fault our effort, but when conditions change, you have to be able to adapt to the conditions, and we didn't adapt as well as some of the other teams did."

Prior to the start of the tournament, a moment of silence was held for former Worcester State Head Coach Rich Korzek, who passed away recently.

The tournament will conclude Saturday.

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