Houston, Rams Win Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge

Houston, Rams Win Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge

Tournament Info

  • Quechee Club - Quechee, Vt.
  • Par 72 course (6,671 yards)
  • First Round: Saturday, Sept. 24
  • Second Round: Sunday, Sept. 25
  • The Field: 15 teams, 84 golfers

Team Results

  • Rhode Island claimed the team title, getting an 18th hole birdie by Chris Houston - followed by a Billy Walthouse eagle - to finish two strokes ahead of second-place Harvard (580).
  • The Rams finished the two-round event 2-over par (279-299=578) to win their second event of the fall season.
  • In addition to first-place Rhode Island and second-place Harvard (287), Cornell (588), Pennsylvania (591) and Columbia (597) rounded out the top-five.

Individual Results

  • Grad student Chris Houston was the individual medalist, carding back-to-back 70s to finish the 36-hole event with a 4-under 140. His second-round score tied for the low round of the day.
  • Senior Billy Walthouse - who opened with the low-round of the tournament (68) - shot a 73 on Sunday to finish one stroke behind Houston, and three under par overall (141).
  • Redshirt freshman Jason Short tied for 17th place, finishing with a 4-over 148 (70-78).
  • Sophomore Dawson Jones was one stroke behind Short, shooting 71-78=149 to tie for 22nd overall (+5).
  • Competing as an individual, freshman Blake DiPaola tied for 24th with a 6-over 150 (73-77).
  • Senior Eric Marchetti finished in a six-way tie for 61st place, following his first-round 78 with a second-round 81 (+15).

Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take

  • I was thrilled for Chris who had to birdie on 18 to win. We rode his solid play all day when everyone else was really struggling with the wind.  
  • When Billy got to 15, he was four over and just would not let this team lose. He made a terrific birdie, a solid par and then two tremendous up-and-down pars befor his eagle at 18.  
  • This was a 'preparation' win.  We have never worked harder in a pre-tournament round than we did this weekend. We had a great gameplan and trusted it.

What's Next
The Rams return to action on Monday, October 3 when they open play at the NC State Wolfpack Intercollegiate.