Oct. 30, 2010
PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's golf team shot a team score of 332 and is first in a seven-team field after the first day of action at the two-day Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships at the Triggs Memorial Golf Course.
The Corsairs lead three-time defending champion Johnson & Wales by one stroke and host Rhode Island College by seven shots. Southern Maine is fourth at 345, St. Joseph's (Maine) fifth at 346, Suffolk sixth at 371 and Emmanuel seventh at 374.
For UMass Dartmouth, sophomore Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) shot a 79 and is tied for second, junior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) shot an 81 and is sixth, junior Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot an 85 and is tied for ninth, senior Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) shot an 87 and is tied for 15th, and sophomore Brandon Oldham (Mattapoisett, MA/ORR HS/Allegheny/BCC) shot an 88 and is tied for 19th.
"We've got a one shot lead going into tomorrow, but it's going to be a dog fight," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "It's still anybody's tournament, but we are going to need to play a whole lot better than we did today if we want to come out on top. Thankfully, we had great efforts from Matt Connolly and George Gillmore to keep us in the thick of things, but we will need to play better in order to win the championship."
The tournament will conclude Sunday. The winner earns the GNAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division Championships next spring.
UMASS DARTMOUTH GOLF