Men's Golf Claims Hampton Inn Classic

Men's Golf Claims Hampton Inn Classic

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's golf team protected its home turf very well Saturday. The Corsairs shot a team score of 305 and finished first in a 20-team field at the annual Hampton Inn Classic, limited to a single day at the Allendale Country Club this year after Friday's round was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The victorious UMass Dartmouth Blue team shot 305, seven strokes ahead of second place Nichols and 10 ahead of Tufts and Amherst, who tied for third. The UMass Dartmouth Gold team finished 15th with a team score of 336.

For the Blue team, UMass Dartmouth, junior Brendan Kelleher (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS) and senior Kevin Rewinski (Springfield, MA/Springfield HS) tied for fifth with scores of 75. Senior John Coucci (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS). tied for 13th at 77, junior Brandon Oldham (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) tied for 15th at 78 and senior Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) tied for 62nd at 84.

For the Gold team, junior Pete Danko (Norton, MA/Norton HS/UMass) tied for 24th at 80, freshman Sean Griffith (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS).tied for 40th at 82, freshman Colin Campbell (Marlborough, MA/St. John's HS) tied for 69th at 86, and freshman Jake Fryzel (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) tied for 77th at 88.

Colin Whitney of Nichols was the medalist with a score of 72, and Kevin Wheeler of the Bison was next at 73.

"After a disappointing showing last week, we got down to basics in practice this week," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "In one round, anyone can catch lightning in a bottle. It was a total team effort between the Blue and Gold teams. Brandon Kelleher and Kevin Rewinski had great rounds, I was pleased with Pete Danko, and Sean Griffith played fairly well for his first collegiate start. I was really happy for John Coucci, a four-year senior who stepped up and gave the team a great effort. He really played well today. You always want to finish well in an event that you host, and our team came out today and did it convincingly.

"Baptista said that a number of people were responsible for the tournament's success. "An event like this doesn't go off without the coordination of a lot of people," said Baptista. "I'd like to thank the Hampton Inn of Westport for their continued sponsorship, and the Allendale Country Cub for their continued support of the UMass Dartmouth golf team."

The Corsairs will return to action Thursday at Western New England.