GORHAM, Maine – UMass Dartmouth dropped its cumulative team score by 11 strokes in the second round, and finished with a team score of 633 (+65) at the 2016 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men's Golf Championships, hosted by Southern Maine on Saturday and Sunday.
Score: 633 (6th Place) | 322 First Round, 311 Second Round
How it Happened
Every Corsair either matched or improved upon their first round score from Saturday to Sunday, as UMass Dartmouth sat in fifth following the opening day of play with a team score of 322. Juniors Bryce Mitchell (Beverly, Mass.) and Ben Bedarian (Franklin, Mass.) both shot +8 par on Saturday, turning in scores of 79 to pace UMass Dartmouth. Senior Michael Byron (Bourne, Mass.) and sophomore Jackson Mitchell (Marion, Mass.) were close behind at +11, posting 82s, while junior Jared Fadding (Lenox, Mass.) wrapped up an 85.
Fadding then made a complete turnaround on Sunday, registering the Corsairs' low round at +5 (76) in the final day. Bryce Mitchell bettered his score by a stroke, and as a result was UMass Dartmouth's overall low scorer at 157, tying for 17th overall. Jackson Mitchell also turned in a 78, while Bedarian matched his Saturday score at 79 and Byron completed the round with an 80.
Inside the Numbers
- The GNAC Championship was held at the Gorham Country Club, with a par of 71 at 6,555 yards. This weekend marked the second-straight that UMass Dartmouth has played the GCC course.
- St. Joseph's (Maine) claimed the team title, registering a team mark of 607 to narrowly edge Southern Maine and Rhode Island College, both at 610.
- Individually, Worcester State's Mike Jezierski took home the individual title and GNAC Playerr of the Year honors , turning in rounds of 74 and 72, respectively, to score in a +4 (146) overall.
- Bryce Mitchell registers the low overall total for the second time this season, as he previously led the Corsairs at the single-round Roger Williams Invitational.
The Corsairs will see another championship event next, as they compete at the annual NEIGA Championships at Captains' Course in Brewster, Mass. on Oct. 23 and 24.