BREWSTER, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team saved their best for last this fall.
The Corsairs shot a team score of 312 and finished first among 22 NCAA Division III teams and third overall among 35 teams at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships Sunday at the Captain's Course. UMass Dartmouth played the par-72 Starboard Course. The tournament, which was originally scheduled for two days and 36 holes, was reduced to one day and 18 holes due to the forecast for inclement weather Monday. It was the 78th edition of the oldest collegiate golf tournament in the country.
For UMD, senior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) made his final appearance in a Corsair uniform a memorable one. Gillmore, who is graduating in December, shot a 75 and tied for the lead, only to finish second after losing a sudden-death playoff to Kevin Wheeler of Nichols.
Senior Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) shot a 76 and tied for sixth overall, senior Kevin Rewinski (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) shot a 79 and tied for 26th, junior Brandon Oldham (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) shot an 82 and tied for 62nd, and junior Brendan Kelleher (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS) came in at 84 and tied for 87th. Gillmore and Connolly were named to the All-New England team, while Kelleher won the long drive contest with a drive of 351 yards.
NCAA Division II schools UMass Lowell and Saint Anselm were the only teams to beat the Corsairs, each shooting 311. The top Division I school, Bryant, came in at 316.
"I am so happy for our team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "It all came together today. The way we finished in the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) left a bad taste in our mouths, and we lightened things up a bit in practice this week, where our guys were just a bit looser, but they stayed focused They came out like they had something to prove, and they left no doubt. It took us a little longer than we liked, but what a way to finish the fall season.
Gillmore made his mark in his final UMass Dartmouth action. "George was on the Sportsmanship Team for the GNAC, he is very coachable, and he has done a lot for our team since he transferred in," said Baptista. "He was a member of a GNAC championship team a few years ago, and now he is a member of the NEIGA champions."
The action marked the end of the Corsairs' fall campaign. They will return to action in the spring.
UMASS DARTMOUTH GOLF