Golf is First After First Day at JWU Match Play Tournament

Golf is First After First Day at JWU Match Play Tournament

Oct. 3, 2010

CRANSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's golf team is in first place after the first round of the two-day, Johnson & Wales Match Play Invitational at the par-71 Cranston Country Club Sunday.

The Corsairs have four points, host Johnson & Wales has three points, Rhode Island College has two points and Providence College's club team has one point. UMass Dartmouth defeated PC, 4-1, in Sunday's first round, while JWU defeated RIC, 3-2.

Individually, sophomore Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) of the Corsairs defeated Matt Everson, 7 and 6; junior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) defeated Kevin Crawford, 6 and 5; senior Matt Munden (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) defeated Jim Shaw, one up; senior Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) defeated Mike Pierard in 19 holes; and sophomore Brandon Oldham (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS/Allegheny/Bristol CC) lost to Rick Diest, three and one.

"It's the first time we've played match play in a collegiate event," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "We had a good week of practice, and we practiced match play, and I think it helped. Nick Jagoe hit the ball really well today. George Gillmore made the turn at four up; he had an excellent front nine. Scott Woodacre had the match of the day, he was four down going into the 12th hole, and he won the next five holes to take a one-hole lead going into 18. Match play is different than stroke play, as long as there are holes left, you can't count yourself out."

UMass Dartmouth will play RIC Monday morning and Johnson & Wales Monday afternoon as the tournament continues.