Golf heads for GNAC Championships

Golf heads for GNAC Championships

Oct. 29, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's golf team will go for the gold this weekend when they join six other teams at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championships at the Triggs Memorial Golf Course in Providence, RI. Triggs is the home course for Rhode Island College, and the Corsairs and Anchormen will join three-time defending champion Johnson & Wales, Southern Maine, St. Joseph's (Maine), Suffolk and Emmanuel in competing for the GNAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championships next May. Play begins at 10:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

"This is something we've been preparing for all season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "We spoke about it in the beginning of practice. This is the brass ring that we wanted reach for, and everything we've done this year is to prepare us for this moment."

The Corsairs are familiar with Triggs, having finished first there at the RIC Fall Invitational earlier this month. "Even though we're familiar with the course, it's still an away course for us," said Baptista. "Our course knowledge is helpful, and we can build off that experience and bring it with us this weekend, knowing that we can compete with those teams on the course."

It should be a tough tournament. "Johnson & Wales is the favorite, as the defending champion, no one has beaten them yet," said Baptista. "It's the home course for RIC, so they'll probably be formidable as well. It will come down to who plays their best golf on this particular weekend."

The team that makes the fewest mistakes will probably be the most successful. "We've had two weeks of practice, where we've gotten back to fundamentals and execution," said Baptista. "I think it will come down to course management and minimizing mistakes, so we're not giving shots back to the field. We've prepared for this all year, and we're looking to play our best 36 holes of the season, and come out on a positive note."