Golf Fifth After First Day at Babson Spring Opener

April 4, 2009

PLYMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team is in fifth place after the first day of play at the two-day Babson Spring Opener at the Atlantic Country Club.

The Corsairs shot a team score of 324, placing them fifth in the 14-team field. They were a stroke behind Bentley and Johnson & Wales, both of whom came in at 323 on the par-72 course. Nichols is first at 315.

For UMass Dartmouth, freshman Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot a 78, freshman Joe Connor (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS) shot an 80, senior Rob Leaver (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS) and junior Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) each shot 83, and senior John Ripp (Bolton, CT/East Catholic HS) came in at 85.

"I was proud of our performance today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "We have had too good weeks of practice, and it was very windy today, and we played well for our first venture into competition. Nick played very well, he is quietly becoming a team leader. He started six over on the first three holes and played at even par the rest of the way, which shows a great level of maturity. We also had nice efforts from Joe Connor and Scott Woodacre, Hopefully, tomorrow we can do a little better and finish up strong."

The tournament will conclude Sunday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH GOLF