Sep 11, 2016
- Bethpage State Park - Red Course - Farmingdale, N.Y.
- Par 70 course (7,092 yards)
- First & Second Rounds: Saturday, Sept. 10
- Final Round: Sunday, Sept. 11
- The Field: 13 teams, 78 golfers
- Weather: 80 degrees, sunny, 10-15 mph winds
- Rhode Island finished first overall, marking the third year in a row that the Rams capture their season-opening tournament.
- URI was the only team to finish each round under par, combining for an opening-round 274 (-6), a second-round 272 (-8) and a final round 279 (-1).
- Sunday's 279 was the low score of the day among the 13-team field.
- Sophomore Dawson Jones placed second overall, combining for a 202 (-8) over the three-round tournament. He opened with a 1-over 71 before carding the low round of the tournament with a second-round 63. He closed out competition with a 2-under 68 on Sunday afternoon.
- Jones registered one of the tournament's six eagles Saturday, on the par-5 fifth hole. Overall he was -4 in par-5 scoring, -3 in par-4 scoring and -1 in par-3 scoring. He birdied 10 holes overall and parred 39.
- Jones' second-round 63 marked a new career-low, besting his previous low (70) by seven strokes. He also was URI's top finisher for the first time in his career while turning in his best overall finish (2nd) in a collegiate tournament.
- Senior Billy Walthouse tied for third overall, finishing one stroke behind Jones with a combined score of 203 (-7). He opened with a 64 before shooting 70 and 69, respectively, in the second and third rounds. He birdied 12 holes – three of which came on Sunday – and was one of just 11 golfers to turn in multiple sub-70 rounds.
- Graduate student Chris Houston tied for 11th in his first tournament as a Ram. He shot 71-66-72=209 to finish 1-under with a combined 209. Houston matched Walthouse with 12 birdies, which lead the team.
- Competing in his first collegiate tournament, redshirt freshman Jason Short tied for 19th overall with a 2-over 212 (68-73-71). He led the field with 45 pars over the 54-hole tournament.
- Senior Eric Marchetti tied for 35th, carding a final round 71 after opening with a 72 and shooting 73 on Saturday's second round. His 42 pars were second-most among the field of 78.
- Competing as an individual, freshman Blake DiPaola tied for 49th place with a three-round score of 221 (77-71-73). He birdied three holes during Sunday's final round after combining for three birdies during the first 36 holes on Saturday.
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- This win is a credit to the depth of our program.
- Certainly Dawson going 9-under the final two rounds and Billy finishing 7-under gave us a tremendous leg up on the field, but we also got a 1-under from Chris, a 2-over from Jason and a 6-over from Eric. We threw out scores of 72, 73, and 72. That's good golf.
- While it is great to win, especially against such a solid field on a great golf course, what we got out of this event was more battle-tested maturity. We were comfortable shooting red scores and holding the lead.
- Next week we face an even stronger field so it is an important week of practice.
Rhode Island returns to action at the Hartford Hawks Invitational (Sept. 19-20).