Sep 20, 2016
- Bull's Bridge Golf Club - South Kent, Conn.
- Par 72 course (6,992 yards)
- First Round: Monday, Sept. 19
- Second Round: Tuesday, Sept. 20
- The Field: 19 teams, 108 golfers
- Weather: 80 degrees, overcast, humid
- Rhode Island placed seventh overall, finishing the two rounds with a combined score of 578 (+2).
- The Rams carded an even 288 on Tuesday after shooting two over (290) in Monday's first round.
- Cal Poly claimed the team title, finishing the 36-hole event -18 at 558.
- Also finishing ahead of the Rams were UCF (-15), Seton Hall (-11), Sam Houston State (-6), Connecticut (-5) and Towson (-1).
- Fairleigh Dickinson (+3), St. John's (+10) and Bethune-Cookman (+16) rounded out the top-10.
- Senior Billy Walthouse was Rhody's top finisher, tying for 12th overall with a 3-under 141. After carding an opening-round 72, he knocked three strokes off his score the second time through, jumping up 14 spots on the leaderboard.
- Sophomore Dawson Jones tied for 22nd place, shooting an even 72 in each round.
- Grad student Chris Houston finished +1 at 145. He shot an even 72 on Monday and followed with a 73 on Tuesday.
- Senior Eric Marchetti and redshirt freshman Jason Short tied for 61st overall as both combined for a 152 (+8). Short opened with a 78 and closed with a 74 while Marchetti did the exact opposite, shooting 74 on Monday and 78 on Tuesday.
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- We have averaged nearly 27 over in this event in the last seven or eight years, so to shoot two over this year shows tremendous improvement. That said, we didn't go to the tournament to measure our success by how much better we are than we've been. We went there to finish in the top three in the best field this tournament has ever had.
- We made a number of mental mistakes and just as many execution errors on shots that are our bread and butter shots.
- I was thrilled that Billy played so well down the stretch and that Dawson shot two rounds of even par when he didn't have his best stuff.
- We will need more precision next week to win.
Rhode Island will make a quick turnaround as the Rams next head to Vermont for this weekend's Queechee Club Collegiate Challenge (Sept. 24-25).