April 17, 2011
CRANSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team shot a team score of 311 and is in first place in a 19-team field after the first day of action Sunday at the 36-hole, two-day Johnson & Wales Spring Invitational at the par-71 Cranston Country Club.
The Corsairs have a three-stroke lead over NYU and Salem State, which are tied for second. Western New England is fourth at 315, Babson is fifth at 317, and Husson is sixth at 318.
Senior Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) and sophomore Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) led UMass Dartmouth with scores of 77, and are tied for ninth place. Sophomore Brandon Oldham (Mattapoisett, MA/ORR/Allegheny College/Bristol CC) shot a 78 and is tied for 14th, junior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) shot a 79 and is tied for 17th, and junior Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot an 82 and is tied for 34th. Jagoe concluded his round with an eagle, knocking in a shot on the 18th hole with a pitching wedge from 100 yards out.
"I thought the team played great today after we got a bunch of rain last night, and the course took it well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "It was awfully windy out there, gusting to 20 and 30 miles an hour. The guys did a real good job of listening to advice on clubs to hit, and they made some real good shots. A score of 311 is one of our better rounds of the year, and that can only give the team confidence going into nationals, because that's the type of score we're going to have to shoot against some of the better competition in the country."
The tournament will conclude Monday.