Rams Finish Fifth at Rain-Shortened Atlantic 10 Championship

Rams Finish Fifth at Rain-Shortened Atlantic 10 Championship


2012 Atlantic 10 Championship – Final Round Results

Setting the Scene:
Course: Heron Bay Golf Club – Coral Springs, Fla. (par 72/7,055 yards)
The field: 11 teams/55 golfers
Weather: rain, low 70's, wind E 11 mph  (Weather.com)

Final Results (HTML)

The third and final round of the Atlantic 10  Championship was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.  Per A-10 policy, the championship results revert to day two.

Both Andrew Fiorenzano and Branden Chicorka were named to the Atlantic 10's All-Conference team.

Rhode Island's Individual Results:
* Andrew Fiorenzano finished in a tie for fifth place – just three shots off the lead – after an even-par 72 during Saturday's second round.  The sophomore carded four birdies on the day, on the 1st, 3rd, 10th, and 14th holes.

The Cranston, R.I. native fired an opening round 69 - his lowest round as a collegiate golfer.  He sits at 3-under, with a two-round total score of 141.

Fiorenzano's fifth place finish was the best individual performance by a Rhody golfer since 2008 (Taylor Fontaine, t3rd).

* Branden Chicorka bounced back with a strong second round, posting the fourth-lowest score of the day, with a 2-under par 70.   The junior was 4-under at the turn, posting birdies on the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 9th holes.

Over his last 33 holes, Chicorka is 2-under.  He opened championship play with a round of 75 and finished tied for 16th place.

* Taylor Fontaine closed out his Rhody career tied for 19th place, one shot behind Chicorka with a 2-over score of 146.  The Southbridge, Mass. native posted his second straight 73 on the scorecard during Saturday's second round.  He was 1-under at the turn, firing birdies on the 1st and 7th.  He added two more birds on the 10th and 12th.   

* Jared Adams posted another 74 during Saturday's final round.  The sophomore tied for 27th place, with a two-round total of 148.  He closed out the second round with two birdies (11th and 13th holes) en route to a 1-under 35 on the back nine.

* Jeffrey Ray finished tied for 36th place overall, posting his second consecutive score of 75.  He carded a birdie on the 4th hole and played the back nine just 1-over par.  Ray registered a total score of 150 over the two days of competition.

Rhode Island Team Results:
* The Rams finished in fifth place overall, posting two of their best team scores of the season.  

Rhody compiled a second round score of 289 – the team's lowest score of the spring and the second lowest of the year.  URI improved over its first day score by two shots and have a combined total of 580.   

* George Washington took the conference title, with a two-round score of 568. followed by Charlotte and Xavier tied for second place (570).  By conference tie-breaking rules, the 49ers are the runners-up, followed by the Musketeers.

Richmond finished in fourth place, five shots ahead of the Rams (575).

"I am incredibly proud to finish in fifth place and just 11 shots out of first.  I'm especially proud that both Andrew and Branden were named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team.

This a bittersweet tournament for us because we lose the heart and soul of our golf team in Taylor Fontaine, who will be graduating.  He has meant a great deal to the entire university during his four-year career."
-- Head coach Gregg Burke