May 11, 2011
GREENSBORO, NC-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's golf team played significantly better today than they did yesterday on their second day of action at the NCAA Division III Championships at the Grandover Resort.
But their score of 314, which gave them a two-day score of 641, didn't allow them to move up enough to make the cut, which comes after the first two days of action and reduces the field to the top 15 teams. The Corsairs finished 38th in the 40 team field and did not advance to the final two rounds.
Senior Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) improved 12 strokes in the Corsairs' move from the West Course to the East Course, shooting a 74 to go with his opening round of 86 for a 36-hole total of 160.
Sophomore Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) shot a 79 to go with his first day score of 81, and also finished at 160. Both players tied for 152nd place. Junior Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot an 80 and finished at 162, and junior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) shot his second consecutive 81, and both finished at 162 and tied for 167th. Sophomore Brandon Oldham (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS/Allegheny College/BCC) shot an 82 for 165, and tied for 183rd place.
"We moved up and closed the gap strike wise, although we didn't do it as far as the standings," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "I'm happy for Scott; he'll never forget his last collegiate round. Matt Connolly played well today, George struggled on the front nine but came back and righted the ship and was one under on the back nine, and Nick didn't have one ball bounce his way today, but still ground out an 80. I can't tell you how proud I am of this team."
Baptista said that the Corsairs' experience was outstanding. "It feels good to play the golf we're capable of," said Baptista. "We are capable of shooting even better than we did, we had some bad holes, but we kept grinding, and we never quit. It was a great experience for everyone, with memories they'll have for a lifetime. They're already talking about next year. Our nerves got the best of us, but we were happy to represent the university and the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic) Conference, and we'd like to thank the university for their support. We only graduate one senior in Scott Woodacre, so, moving forward, the future looks bright."
The competition marked the end of the season for the Corsairs.
UMASS DARTMOUTH GOLF