MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Sophomore Michael Byron shaved four strokes off his Day 1 score to shot a 75, leading the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth golf team to a ninth place finish at the 31th Annual Duke Nelson Invitational this afternoon at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course on the campus of Middlebury College.
Rensselaer overtook the host Panthers on the final day of competition to capture the team title with a combined score of 609. Trinity (Conn.) was three shots off the lead to earn runner-up honors, while Rochester finished in third. The Corsairs completed their season-opening tournament with a score of 635, 26 shots off the lead.
Senior Pete Danko (Norton, Mass.) placed sixth overall in the individual field with a combined two-day score of 151 after carding a 76 on Sunday. Bryon utilized his strong performance on Day 2 to finish 11th overall and three shots behind Danko. Freshman Tyler Hemingway (Fairhaven, Mass.) tied for 84th with a combined score of 168. Junior Sean Griffith (Bourne, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan Boldy (Milford, Mass.) tied for 91th. Griffith shaved 10 shots off his first round, while Boldy made a one-shot improvement.
Engineer James Jackson earned medalist honors with a 146 (74-72).
UMass Dartmouth will return to action on October 5, when the Corsairs travel to the Southern Maine Invitational at the Gorham Country Club.