SUTTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team shot a team score of 323 and is tied for second place after the first day of action Saturday at the two-day Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Anna Maria at the par-72 Blackstone National Golf Course.
Rhode Island College is first at 316, and the Corsairs are tied with Southern Maine, which also shot 323.
For UMass Dartmouth, junior Brandon Oldham (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) shot a 77, and is tied for second, one shot out of the lead. Junior Brandon Kelleher (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS) came in at 80 and is tied for eighth, senior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) shot an 82 and is tied for 13th, senior Kevin Rewinski (Springfield, MA/Springfield HS) finished at 84 and is tied fr 21st, and senior Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) shot an 88 and ranks 31st.
"We got bit by some bad holes today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "To a man, everybody had one bad hole that was a huge number, and you can't have that in a championship tournament. That being said, we're where we want to be, we're in the hunt, if we can minimize those mistakes tomorrow, we'll have a good chance. Brandon Oldham had a great round today. He hit the ball well and was very consistent. Brendan Kelleher had a good round, but he had one bad hole."
The tournament will conclude Sunday. The winner of the tournament will receive the GNAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
UMASS DARTMOUTH GOLF