Golf Third After First Day of GNAC Championships

Oct. 24, 2008

CRANSTON, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team is in third place in a seven-team field after the first day of action at the two-day Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships at the Cranston Country Club Friday.

The Corsairs shot a team score of 321, placing them one shot behind Rhode Island College. Johnson & Wales is first at 307. The Corsairs lead Southern Maine by three strokes. St. Joseph's of Maine shot 335, Suffolk came in at 375 and Emerson shot 406.

Freshman Joe Connor (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS) led the Corsairs with a score of 78 and is tied for sixth place, four shots behind the leader, JWU's Bobby Newcomb. Freshman Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot an 79 and is tied for ninth, junior Rob Leaver (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS) shot an 81 and is tied for 13th, sophomore Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) shot 83 and is tied for 17th, and junior John Ripp (Bolton, CT/East Catholic HS) shot an 85 and ranks 20th.

"We didn't play badly," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "We played better on the back nine. Rob Leaver had a nice round today. This is the second time we have played here, and we were 21 shots better than we were the first time. My goal is to play better the second time we play on a course, and we accomplished that today. Hopefully, we will play better tomorrow."

The tournament will conclude Saturday. The winner receives a berth in the NCAA Division III Championships next spring.