SUTTON, Mass. -- UMass Dartmouth senior Tom Sheran (Marstons Mills, Mass.) carded a two-day total of one-over 145 to earn Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors for the second time in his career as he led UMass Dartmouth to a runner-up finish at the 2018 league golf championships over the weekend at Blackstone National Golf Club.
Sheran opened the weekend by firing an even par round of 72 for the Corsairs and followed that up with a one-over 73 in Sunday’s final round, as he topped runner-up Claudio Soukamneuth of Johnson & Wales by seven strokes to earn medalist and Player of the Year accolades. The honor is the second of Sheran’s career, as he also copped the conference’s top honor as a freshman at Rhode Island College in 2015 after posting a two-day score of 78-77-155 at what now serves as his home course, Allendale Country Club in Dartmouth.
UMass Dartmouth fired a two-day total of 632 to finish 13 strokes behind Johnson & Wales (619), which claimed the championship for a second straight season. The Corsairs topped third place Southern Maine in the final standings, as the Huskies carded a two day total of 643.
Freshman Jack McDonald (New Bedford, Mass.) and senior Jackson Mitchell (New Bedford, Mass.) were the next top two performers for UMass Dartmouth with respective scores of 162 and 163 that were tied for 12th and 14th place, while freshman Curtis Merritt (Wareham, Mass.) and junior Nick Avilla (Westport, Mass.) rounded out the Corsair scoring with respective marks of 165 and 175 that were good for 20th and 31st place.
The runner-up finish was the third for UMass Dartmouth in the last 12 years, as the Corsairs claimed the GNAC crown in 2010 and have also added six third place performances in the event under Head Coach Joel Baptista. UMass Dartmouth concludes its fall schedule on October 21st and 22nd at the 2018 New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships at The Captains Course in Brewster, Mass.
(Courtesy Photo: Worcester State Sports Information)