Golf Tied for 10th After First Day at Duke Nelson Classic

Golf Tied for 10th After First Day at Duke Nelson Classic

Sept. 26, 2009

MIDDLEBURY, VT-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's golf team is tied for 10th place in a 21-team field after the first day of play in their first golf tournament of the fall 2009 season, Middlebury's Duke Nelson Invitational at the par-71 Ralph Myhre Golf Course.

The Corsairs shot a team score of 323, tying them with Tufts for 10th. They are three strokes behind SUNY Potsdam, one shot behind Babson, and two strokes ahead of Western New England.

Williams is in first place at 307, Salem State shot 309, Manhattanville and the Middlebury White team shot 313, Trinity came in at 314, and Castleton State and Nichols each shot 319. Hamilton shot 327, Worcester State shot 328, Amherst 329, Johnson & Wales 331, Wesleyan 335, St. Michael's 336, Brandeis 339, Springfield 340 and the Middlebury Blue team 341.

Senior Rob Leaver (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet HS) led UMD with a 78, junior Scott Woodacre (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) shot an 80, sophomore Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) shot 81, freshman Conor O'Malley (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) shot an 84, and freshman John Coucci (Mattapoisett, MA/Old Rochester Regional HS) came in at 87.

"It's our first tournament of the year, and it was good to get our feet wet," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista. "I was very pleased with Rob's round today. Except for a two-hole snag, he was exceptional. It was good for Conor and John to get their first collegiate experience under their belts. We'll go out tomorrow and see if we can pick up some strokes."

The tournament will conclude Sunday.