April 30, 2006

Golf Comes Back For Second-Place Finish

April 30, 2006

Team Results
Individual Results

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. - Rhode Island junior Devon Quigley finished in a tie for seventh place to lead the Rams to a second-place finish at the URI Northeast Spring Invitational, Sunday, at Green Valley Country Club. URI stood in fifth place after a blustery first round on Saturday, before making up three spots to finish runner-up to Binghamton. Five Rhode Island golfers finished in the top-15.

Binghamton (611), URI (626), Dartmouth (630), Army (631) and Central Connecticut (637) rounded out the top-five teams in the 12-squad field. Army's Austin Luher won the individual title, finishing at six-over par for the tournament and edging Dartmouth's Jamie Wallace and Binghamton's Zach Vinal by one stroke.

"I'm very proud of the way our guys battled back after a disappointing first round," said URI coach Tom Drennan. "I look forward to our momentum carrying us into the Atlantic 10 Championships and hopefully the NCAAs."

Playing as an individual, Quigley matched his first-round score with a six-over par 77. Sophomore Fraser Hunt notched his best finish of the season after a second-round 77 put him all alone in ninth place.

Junior Ben Spitz fired the Rams' low round of the tournament with a four-over par 75 to end up in a three-way tie for 10th place. Junior Jesse Larson tied for 13th place after a second-round 77, while junior Jason Pannone ended up tied for 15th thanks to a second-round 76.

Freshman Mark Stevens rounded out the Ram five in a tie for 24th place out of 63 golfers in the field.