April 14, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, MA- Sophomore Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) led the way for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team at the Western New England College Invitational Thursday.
Connolly shot a one over par 73 and was the medalist as the Corsairs shot a team score of 319 and finished fourth in a 12-team field at the par-72 Veterans Memorial Golf Course.
Connolly had two eagles on the front nine, one from 150 yards out with a seven iron, and the other from 25 feet out, using his putter from a spot just off the edge of the green.
Host WNEC won the tournament with a score of 307, Salem State was next at 308 and Nichols came in at 314.
For the Corsairs, freshman Brendan Kelleher (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS) came in at 80 and tied for 19th, freshman Billy Guilford (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake Regional HS) shot an 82 and finished 29th, junior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) shot an 84 and tied for 36th, and sophomore Kevin Rewinski (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) came in at 90 and was 56th.
"I was very happy for Matt," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "He has worked so hard on his game, and these are the fruits of his labor, We got a great round from Brendan Kelleher. There were a lot of quality teams in this tournament, and we were able to get some different people into the lineup to get them some experience, and they played well. It shows the depth we have on our team."
The Corsairs will return to action when they visit the Johnson & Wales Invitational this weekend.
UMASS DARTMOUTH GOLF