DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Michael Bryon (Bourne, Mass.) finished tied for seventh to lead the Corsairs to a third place performance at the two-day Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Golf Championship, hosted by UMass Dartmouth at Allendale Country Club.
Rhode Island College tallied a combined score of 635 points to capture its fifth consecutive championship and earned the automatic qualifier into the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship. Worcester State University was the runner-up with 644 points, five markers ahead of the Corsairs.
Bryon opened the championship with a 78, six strokes over the par-72 course, to enter the clubhouse in a seven-way tie for first place. The junior from Bourne, Mass. added four strokes to his Day 1 scorecard to complete the championship with a combined score of 160.
Sophomore Jared Fadding (Lenox, Mass.) was the second Corsair into the clubhouse, tying for 10th place with a combined score of 162. Senior George Bent (Barnstable, Mass.) and freshman Jackson Mitchell (Marion, Mass.) turned in a consistent performance, shooting 82's on consecutive days. Classmate Ted Romanelli (Acushnet, Mass.) rounded out the UMass Dartmouth contingent, placing 22nd overall with a combined score of 169.
Anchorman freshman Tom Sheran (Marston Mills, Mass.) carded the lowest round of Day 2 to win the top medalist award with a combined score of 155. Sheran will also be named the GNAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
2015 All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference Golf Team
1. Tom Sheran, Rhode Island College, 155
2. Jonathan Cooper, Rhode Island College, 157
Steven Ferraro, Worcester State University, 157
Jon Nelson, Johnson & Wales (R.I.), 157
5. Jackson Davis, Worcester State University, 158
Mike Jezierski, Worcester State University, 158
UMass Dartmouth will complete the fall portion of its schedule on Sunday, Oct. 25, when the Corsairs compete in the first round of the 2015 New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship.