Golfers Third After First Day of GNAC Invitational

Matt Connolly and Nick Jagoe

Junior Matt Connolly

Junior Matt Connolly

GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team posted a team score of 311, good for third place in the eight-team field after the first day of action at the two-day Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships at the par-71 Gorham Country Club Saturday.

The Corsairs' score of 311 placed them two strokes ahead of Anna Maria and six ahead of Johnson & Wales. Rhode Island College is in first place at 300, while Southern Maine came in at 306. Host St.Joseph's shot 320, Emmanuel shot 341 and Suffolk came in at 343.

For the Corsairs, junior Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) led the way with a 76 and tied for fifth. Senior Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) and sophomore Brendan Kelleher (Hopedale, MA/Hopedale HS) each came in at 77 and tied for seventh, senior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/ Barnstable HS/Fairfield) shot an 81 and tied for 25th, and junior Kevin Rewinski (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield HS) shot an 83 and tied for 29th.

"I have to tip my hat to Rhode Island College, that's a great score," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "As a team, we didn't execute that well. Last week, we followed the game plan, but today, we didn't. We lost focus at times, and we missed a lot of putts. We're still in the hunt, because we didn't play our best golf today."

The tournament will conclude Sunday, with the champion earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.