Rams Win Rhode Island Invitational

Rams Win Rhode Island Invitational

Tournament Info

  • Quidnessett Country Club - North Kingstown, R.I.
  • Par 72 (6,935 yards)
  • First & Second Rounds: Monday, April 17
  • Third Round: Tuesday, April 18
  • The Field: 14 teams, 78 golfers
  • Weather: 55 degrees, cloudy, breezy

Team Results

  • Rhode Island combined for a third-round 296, finishing the tournament 12-over par at 876 (298-282-296).
  • The Rams finished 12 strokes ahead of second-place Bryant (884).
  • URI's Atlantic 10 rivals Fordham (887) and St. Bonaventure (910) finished third and seventh, respectively.
  • The team title is Rhody's fourth first-place finish this season.

Individual Results

  • Senior Billy Walthouse was Rhode Island's top individual finisher, tying for second place with an even 216 (69-75-72). He led the field with 13 birdies over three rounds.
  • Sophomore Dawson Jones - who led the field of 78 through the first two rounds - carded a final-round 76 to tie for fourth overall (75-67-76=218). His second-round 67 stood as the low round of the tournament.
  • Redshirt freshman Jason Short tied Jones for fourth place at 2-over par. The only player in the tournament to register multiple eagles (2), he carded his low round of the spring (71) in Tuesday's final round.
  • Grad student Chris Houston finished in a four-way tie for seventh place, combining for a 3-over 219 (76-70-73). He collected 10 birdies throughout the tournament and combined to shoot -7 on par-5 holes.
  • Senior Eric Marchetti tied for 16th place overall - his best finish of the season. He shot 78-70-75=223 to end the tournament seven strokes over par.
  • Junior Brody King's third-round 69 was the low round of the day on Tuesday, as well as his career low. He tied with Marchetti for 16th (74-80-69).
  • Freshman Burke Barsamian tied for 48th overall, shooting an 18-over 234 (79-75-80).
  • Freshman Blake DiPaola tied for 64th with a three-round score of 241 (77-86-78). 

Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take

  • To win four times in one season is a tremendous testament to how hard the guys have worked.  
  • To watch Billy and Chris battle back from a combined 7-over to finish one over was the difference. 
  • Plus, Dawson got to sleep on a lead for the first time and, although it did not go his way, it was an education you can't get without being in that position in the first place.

What's Next
The Rams return to action April 28-30 at the Atlantic 10 Championship, held in Orlando at the Grand Cypress Golf Club.