WARWICK, R.I. – Paced by junior Jackson Mitchell's (Marion, Mass.) runner-up individual finish, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's golf team tied for third place in team scoring with a 36-hole total of 621 at the 2017 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships, held at Valley Country Club.
Team Score: 621 (T-3rd) | 311 First Round, 310 Second Round
How it Happened
Mitchell became the first Corsair since 2014 to earn All-GNAC accolades as one of the top five individual finishers, wrapping up a career-best second-place finish on the tournament. The junior registered the third-lowest round in the field on Saturday with an even par 72. He followed up with a 76 on Sunday, good enough to bump up one spot in the standings and finish at 148 (+4). The low scorer for the UMass Dartmouth on both days, Mitchell becomes the highest individual Corsair finisher at the GNAC Championships since Matt Connolly took second in the fall of 2010.
Junior Tom Sheran (Marstons Mills, Mass.) and senior Ben Bedarian (Franklin, Mass.) kept UMass Dartmouth in contention with sub-80 scores throughout the weekend. With totals of 77 (+5) and 79 (+7), respectively, Sheran finished tied for 13th in the individual standings (156), with Bedarian close behind at T-16th (157). The senior registered a score of 79 on Saturday before shaving off a stroke for 78 on Sunday.
The Corsairs' largest improvement on the tournament came from senior Jared Fadding (Lenox, Mass.), who was his team's second-best score on Sunday at 77 after posting a round of 83 on Saturday, placing tied for 22nd (160). With respective scores of 83 and 80, senior Bryce Mitchell (Greenwich, Conn.) improved three placements to tie for 26th (163) on the weekend.
Inside the Numbers
- Since winning the GNAC title in 2010, UMass Dartmouth has now finished third or better at the Championships in six of the past seven years.
- Johnson & Wales edged out Rhode Island College for the team title, scoring in a 601 (+25). Wildcat Christian Maselli took the individual title with his score of 143 (69 and 74).
- Valley Country Club played at 6,673 yards with par of 72.
UMass Dartmouth and the rest of the New England Division III programs will conclude the fall season next weekend, competing at the NEIGA Championships at Captains Course in Bourne, Mass.
2017 GNAC All-Conference Team
Christian Maselli, Johnson & Wales
Jackson Mitchell, UMass Dartmouth
Austin Cilley, Rhode Island College
Tristan Dundas, Southern Maine
Mike Jezierski, Worcester State