Sept. 27, 2009
MIDDLEBURY, VT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team finished 12th in a 21-team field in their first golf tournament of the fall 2009 season, Middlebury's Duke Nelson Invitational, which concluded Sunday at the par-71 Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
The Corsairs shot a team score of 320 Sunday for a 36-hole score of 643, one stroke behind Worcester State. Salem State won the tournament with a two-day total of 606. Trinity was next at 619, the Middlebury White team came in at 321, Manhattanville shot 622, Williams shot 626, SUNY Potsdam finished at 634, Tufts and Hamilton finished at 638, Nichols shot 640, Western New England shot 641, and Worcester State came in at 642. Following the Corsairs were Babson at 649, Johnson & Wales at 651, Castleton State at 656, Brandeis at 657, Amherst at 661, Wesleyan at 672, St. Michael's at 674, Springfield at 685 and the Middlebury Blue team at 691.
Senior Rob Leaver (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS) led UMD with a 77 for a two-day total of 185. Junior Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) shot a 79 for 159, sophomore Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot an 81 for 162, freshman Conor O'Malley (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) shot an 83 for 167, and freshman John Coucci (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) shot a 91 for 178.
"I'm happy that we improved a little bit," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "Rob Leaver played two great rounds, and it was nice to see him play well both days. This is a good way to start, but we still have a ways to go. We're a young team, and this is a good learning experience. We're probably a little better than we were last year, but some of the other teams are better as well."
The Corsairs will return to action at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships next weekend.
UMASS DARTMOUTH GOLF