Oct. 22, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team will try to earn a berth in the NCAA Division III Championships when they host the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship this weekend at the Allendale Country Club. Play in the 36-hole tournament is scheduled to begin Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. with the winner earning the conference's automatic berth in the NCAAs next spring.
Defending champion Johnson & Wales, Rhode Island College, Southern Maine, St. Joseph's (ME), Suffolk and Emmanuel will be in the field for the first GNAC tournament that the Corsairs have hosted.
"It's the biggest tournament that our team has, and we know what's at stake," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "It's been an up and down season for a young team which has experienced some highs and lows. They've experienced winning, as well as not playing well. I think that experience will help them through some of the adversity that they could face during the conference championship."
Each team is most familiar with their home course, and the Corsairs could benefit by playing at Allendale. "Hosting it is a benefit for us," said Baptista. "Our team has yet to play their best golf of the year, and we hope that takes place this weekend."
For the Corsairs to be successful, they will have to play well. "We're going to have to shoot two solid rounds of 310 or better," said Baptista. "These schools have proven through the season that they can definitely do that. We just need to become consistent. We've gotten solid play from our four and five players, but we need better play from our one, two and three spots. If we get that, it will put us in a good position."
The tournament is the final scheduled action of the fall season for UMass Dartmouth.
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