Golfers Earn Post-Season Conference Awards

Golfers Earn Post-Season Conference Awards

Nov. 18, 2010

NASHUA, NH-Several members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's golf team have been honored by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

Sophomore Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS), junior George Gillmore (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable HS/Fairfield) and junior Nick Jagoe (Westport, MA/Westport HS) were all named All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference based on their finish at the conference tournament. Connolly was also named to the GNAC Sportsmanship Team, and UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Joel Baptista was named GNAC Men's Golf Coach of the Year.

Connolly shot 79-78-157 for the two days of play at the GNAC Championships at the Triggs Memorial Golf Course in Providence, RI, and finished second overall. Gillmore shot 81-83 for 164 and placed fifth, while Jagoe shot 85-80 for 165 and finished sixth. Baptista led the Corsairs to the GNAC championship and his team earned their first bid to the NCAA Championships in 33 years.

"I think the awards are well-deserved," said Baptista. "Matt Connolly had an outstanding season. His golf game made such a huge improvement from last spring to this fall, for him to finish one shot behind the medalist is a credit to the work he put in during practice. With Nick Jagoe, you know what you're going to get from him each time out. He gives 100 per cent and leads by example, and the team feeds off him. He's a great role model on and off the course. George was kind of an unknown coming into the season. We saw a lot of potential, but he had to earn a spot on the roster, and earn a spot on the travel team. His work paid off in our tournaments, including the conference championship."

UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day was pleased with the team's success. "Joel Baptista thoroughly deserves the honor as Coach of the Year," said Day. "He has elevated the Corsair golf program to a place where it has not been for a very long time."

"It's an honor to win an award chosen by your peers," said Baptista." This is a special team that bought into a philosophy, brought it to the golf course and produced results. A lot of credit goes to my assistant coach Ed Craig, who volunteers his time and does an outstanding job with the team." The Corsairs will return to action this spring. After their spring season, the Corsairs will advance to the NCAAs, scheduled for May 10th-13th at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC.