Oct. 25, 2008
CRANSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team finished fourth in a seven-team field at the two-day Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships which concluded Saturday at the Cranston Country Club.
The Corsairs shot a team score of 336, placing them eight strokes behind third-place Southern Maine. Johnson & Wales finished first at 622, while Rhode Island College was next at 648. The Corsairs were followed by St. Joseph's of Maine at 671, Suffolk at 739 and Emerson shot 792.
Junior Rob Leaver (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS) led the Corsairs, shooting a 78 for a two-day total of 159 and tied for eighth place. Freshman Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot an 85 for 164 and tied for 11th, sophomore Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) shot an 87 for 170 and finished 16th, and junior John Ripp (Bolton, CT/East Catholic HS) shot an 86 for 171 and tied for 17th. Freshman Joe Connor (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS), who led the Corsairs in the first round, had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury.
"Any time someone of Joe's caliber has to withdraw, it's going to hurt the team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "I was pleasantly surprised with Rob Leaver. he had a great tournament and he has continually improved after his first round this fall. He was consistent for 36 holes. Every match we play is a learning experience. Most of our people this fall came into the season with no collegiate experience, but the future of UMass golf is very bright."
Johnson & Wales earned the GNAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. "Johnson & Wales is a deserving champion, they had a great fall season and will make a good representative for the GNAC at nationals."
Jagoe was the lone Corsair to earn a conference post-season award. He received the UMass Dartmouth Sportsmanship Award. The GNAC presents a sportsmanship award to a player on each team.
The tournament marked the end of the fall season for UMass Dartmouth.