Rams Place Sixth at Atlantic 10 Championship

Photo Credit: Julie Fletcher/Atlantic 10 Conference
Photo Credit: Julie Fletcher/Atlantic 10 Conference

Championship Info
Grand Cypress Golf Club - Orlando, Fla.
Par 72 course (6,794 yards)
First Round: Friday, April 28
Second Round: Saturday, April 29
Third Round: Sunday, April 30
The Field: 11 teams, 55 golfers
Weather: 85-90 degrees, 15 mph winds

Team Results

  • The Rams made the biggest jump in the final day of competition, starting the day in ninth place and ending in sixth.
  • Rhody registered its best round of the tournament the third and final time out, combining for an even 288. 
  • Rhode Island was +10 for the tournament overall, shooting 289-297-288=874. 
  • Richmond won the team title, finishing 24-under par (840). The Spiders had the best team score in all three rounds (273-288-279). 
  • Also placing ahead of the Rams were Davidson (+6), George Washington (-3), Dayton (-10 and VCU (-11).

Individual Results

  • Senior Billy Walthouse shot an even 72 for the second day in a row, putting him at 214 (70-72-72) for the tournament. He tied for 11th place overall.
  • Sophomore Dawson Jones also carded an even 72 in Sunday's final round. Like Walthouse, he was +2 on the front nine and 2-under on the back nine. With a three-round total of 216, he tied for 14th overall.
  • Grad student Chris Houston shot a third-round 73, knocking one stroke off his previous round score for the second day in a row. With a combined 222 (75-74-73), he tied for 29th overall.
  • Redshirt freshman Jason Short tied for 40th place, registering his best round of the tournament on Sunday with a 1-under 71.
  • Junior Brody King had the Rams' lone eagle of the third round, carding a three on the par-5 second hole. He finished the tournament in 43rd place overall (76-77-73=226).
  • Walthouse, Jones and Houston all were named to the 10-man All-Conference squad. Rhode Island was the only program to have three golfers earn All-Conference accolades. 2017 Champion Richmond was the only other team with multiple (2) selections.

Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take

  • This obviously was not the result we wanted, but it was nice to rally the final two days. 
  • The three guys coming back next year were even par today, so that is huge going into the summer.
  • My biggest disappointment is that our result is not reflective of the hard work the guys put in all year, nor is is reflective of the tremendous support we get from our strength  coach, Thorr, or the members of Point Judith, Quidnessett, Valley, and Shelter Harbor, where we practice and play.
  • I am extremely proud that Billy, Dawson, and Chris were named to the All-Conference team. 
  • Our next step is to wait for the announcement of the NCAA field, with hope we have two guys selected as individuals.