Golf Second After First Day at Wildcat Spring Invitational

Golf Second After First Day at Wildcat Spring Invitational

CRANSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's golf team shot a team score of 319 and is in second place in a 15-team field after the first day of action Saturday at the Johnson & Wales Spring Invitational at the par-71 Cranston Country Club.

Salem State is in first place with a score of 316.  Rhode Island College follows the Corsairs at 320, and Western New England is next at 321.

For the Corsairs, senior Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) shot a 77 and is tied for fifth, junior Brendan Kelleher (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS) came in at 80 and was tied for 17th, junior Brandon Oldham (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) and senior Kevin Rewinski (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) each shot 81 and are tied for 21st, and freshman Sean Griffith (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) shot an 88 and is tied for 57th.

"I don't think I've ever been prouder of my team than I was today, for what the team and the university has been through in the last 24 hours or so, with the school being evacuated and a number of players being from out of town," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "We kept in touch a lot yesterday, and I thought that getting out on the golf course would be the best thing for them. We got off to a slow start, but we really put together a solid back nine to put us in the hunt for the title. It was a gutsy effort by the guys today."

The tournament will conclude Sunday.