Oct. 25, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team shot a team score of 327 and posted a two-day score of 655, finishing in third place at the seven-team Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships, which concluded Sunday at Allendale Country Club.
The Corsairs trailed first-place Johnson & Wales by 20 strokes, and second-place Rhode Island College by seven shots. Southern Maine finished fourth with a score of 694, St. Joseph's (ME) was fifth at 709, Suffolk was sixth at 733 and Emmanuel seventh at 743. The Wildcats earned the GNAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships next spring.
For the Corsairs, sophomore Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot an 82 for a 36-hole total of 162 and finished in a tie for fourth place, senior Rob Leaver (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS) shot UMD's best round of the tournament, a 78, and finished with a total of 163 and tied for sixth, junior Matt Munden (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) shot an 81 for 164 and finished eighth, freshman Conor O'Malley (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) shot an 89 for 170 and tied for 13th, and junior Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) shot an 86 for 170 and also tied for 13th.
"We battled out there today, and the effort was there, but, unfortunately, the results just weren't", said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "We had some lapses that hurt us. Our ball striking was pretty good, but our short game hurt us. We had too many three putts, and in a conference championship, you can't leave those strokes out on the course. Congratulations to Johnson & Wales, they put together two great rounds, they're deserving champions, and they'll be great representatives for our conference at the NCAA Tournament."
Jagoe was one of five players earning All-Tournament honors on the basis of his performance. He joined the medalist, Steve LeDonne of JWU, his Wildcat teammate, Bobby Newcomb, and RIC's Bryan Picinisco and Derek Jensen. LeDonne was named the league's Most Valuable Player.
O'Malley and Munden joined Kyle Harper of RIC and Daniel Ferdenzi of Emmanuel on the All-Rookie Team.
"It was nice to see a few of our people get recognized," said Baptista. "Conor and Matt were pleasant surprises this year. We counted on them and they came through as number four and five players. It was good to see them named to the All-Rookie Team. Nick is our leader, and, as he goes, the team goes. He never gives up and leads by example, and its good to see him recognized for the hard work he puts into the game."
The tournament marked the final action of the fall for the Corsairs.
UMASS DARTMOUTH GOLF