April 14, 2012

Golf Moves Up to Sixth at Hampton Inn Invitational

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team shot the fourth best team score on the second day, 323, and finished sixth with a team score of 665 at the 18-team Hampton Inn Invitational at the par-72 Allendale Country Club Saturday.

The UMass Dartmouth Gold team shot a team score of 340 for a team score of 683, and finished 12th.

Husson finished first with a score of 629, followed by Salem State at 631, Elms at 651, Western New England at 658, and Endicott at 659. Following the Corsairs were Johnson & Wales at 667, Amherst at 668, Springfield at 679, Nichols at 676, and b\Babson at 679. After the UMD Gold team were Wentworth at 691, Castleton State at 694, Worcester State at 698, Tufts at 703, Anna Maria at 709 and Mitchell at 862.

 For the Corsairs, juniors Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) and Kevin Rewinski (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) each shot 80, and senior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) of the Gold team shot 82, and all came in at 165 and tied for 23rd. Senior Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS shot 81 for 166 and tied for 30th. Sophomore Brendan Kelleher (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS) shot 82 for 169 and tied for 32nd. For the Gold team, sophomore Ryan Benton (Whitman, MA/Whitman-Hanson HS) shot a 91 for 170- and tied for 44th, senior Matt Baird (Stoughton, MA/Coyle & Cassidy HS) shot an 80 for 171 and tied for 47th, and junior John Coucci (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) shot an 87 for 177 and tied for 62nd.

"I'm proud of the way our team battled back," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "We dug ourselves too big of a hole yesterday, but we were still able to move up four spots and have the fourth best team score today. We had some good efforts, especially Matt Baird, in his first collegiate tournament. he had some jitters yesterday, but he came back with a solid round today and probably improved the most of anyone in the tournament. The course got tougher as the wind picked up. We had a great field, with a couple of teams that have qualified for the NCAA Tournament and one that is on the brink of qualifying. The field was deep and competitive, Allendale Country Club was an excellent host, the course was in superb condition thanks to the staff at Allendale, we had a great sponsor in the Hampton Inn, and you couldn't ask for two better days of golf, which makes for a successful tournament."

The Corsairs will return to action at the Worcester State Invitational next Tuesday.

 UMASS DARTMOUTH GOLF