Golf Opens Year with 16th Place Finish at Middlebury's Nelson Invite

Golf Opens Year with 16th Place Finish at Middlebury's Nelson Invite

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The UMass Dartmouth men's golf team opened the 2016-17 year this weekend, competing at the 33rd Annual Duke Nelson Invitational, hosted by Middlebury College on Saturday and Sunday.

The Basics

Team Score: 634 (16th place) | 315 First Round, 319 Second Round 

How it Happened 

UMass Dartmouth turned in a solid team score of 315 on day one of competition, tying for 13th place through round one with three Corsairs shooting rounds below 80. Junior Jared Fadding (Lenox, Mass.) registered the low score in both rounds, turning in 77s on both Saturday and Sunday for his team's lowest overall score of 154. Also shooting 77 on Saturday was sophomore Jackson Mitchell (Marion, Mass.), and senior Michael Byron (Bourne, Mass.) posted a round of 78. 

Fadding and the Corsairs were consistent in round two, posting a team round just four strokes higher on Sunday. Junior Bryce Mitchell (Beverly, Mass.) bounced back after a tough first round, shooting just below Fadding at 78, and Byron turned in an 81 to help UMass Dartmouth finish 16th overall of 20 teams.

Inside the Numbers

  • Skidmore was the team winner for the Invitational, shooting an impressive 292 on Sunday and a two-day total of 588. Thoroughbred Mackenzie Nelson was the individual champion, registering a score of 141 (70, 71).
  • The tournament was held at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course on the campus of Middlebury College with a distance of 6,317 yards and par of 71.
  • The weekend marked the first time Fadding has been the low finisher for UMass Dartmouth on a tournament so far on his career.

Results

T-26th: Jared Fadding (77 + 77 – 154)

T-68th: Michael Byron (78 + 81 – 159)

T-71st: Jackson Mitchell (77 + 83 – 160)

T-84th: Bryce Mitchell (85 + 78 – 163)

108th: Nick Lombardo (83 + 92 – 175)