BREWSTER, Mass. – For the second-straight week, junior Bryce Mitchell (Beverly, Mass.) paced the UMass Dartmouth Golf squad as the low scorer, tying for 46th overall as the Corsairs wrapped up their fall schedule at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Division III Championships at Captains Course.
Score: 667 (17th Place) | 339 First Round, 328 Second Round
How it Happened
After battling windy conditions in Sunday's opening round, UMass Dartmouth upped their placement by two spots and lowered their team score by 11 strokes on Monday. Sophomore Jackson Mitchell (Marion, Mass.) shot a team-low 82 (+10) on the first day, followed closely by junior Ben Bedarian's (Franklin, Mass.) round of 84.
After registering an 86 on Sunday, Bryce Mitchell put up the Corsairs' only sub-80 score on the tournament, shooting a round of 78 to finish at 164 (+20). Jackson Mitchell and junior Jared Fadding (Lenox, Mass.) both turned in rounds of 83, to place tied for 56th (165) and 72nd (170), respectively. Bedarian duplicated his score of 84 as the third Corsair finisher at 168 and senior Michael Byron (Bourne, Mass.) registered back-to-back rounds of 87 to sit 88th.
Baptista Named 2016 George McCullough Award Winner
Prior to the first round on Sunday, UMass Dartmouth head coach Joel Baptista was honored by NEIGA and his peer coaches at the annual banquet on Saturday evening. Baptista, now in his 12th season at the helm of the golf program, received the 2016 Gordon McCullough Award, the annual NEIGA coaches' award as voted upon by fellow coaches.
Inside the Numbers
- Captains Course played at 6,610 yards on Sunday and 6,687 on Monday, with par at 72.
- Babson claimed the Division III team title, registering a collective score of 617 (+41), while Southern New Hampshire was the overall team champion, bettering the Beavers by one stroke
- Babson's Chris Bornhorst took the individual title following a one-hole playoff with Castleton's Zachary Temple. Both players shot 148 (+4) on the tournament.
UMass Dartmouth will return to the course next spring for its 2017 slate.
T-46th: Bryce Mitchell (86 +78 – 146)
T-56th: Jackson Mitchell (82 + 82 – 165)
68th: Ben Bedarian (84 + 84 – 168)
T-72nd: Jared Fadding (87 + 83 – 170)
88th: Michael Byron (87 + 87 – 174)