Rams in First Place After Two Rounds at Rhode Island Invitational

Rams in First Place After Two Rounds at 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: 65 degrees, cloudy, breezy

Team Results

  • After two rounds of play, Rhode Island sits atop the leaderboard with a 4-over 580 (298-282). 
  • In knocking 16 strokes off their team score during the afternoon round, the Rams jumped from third place to first.
  • Rhody's second-round 282 was the low score of the day.
  • URI has an 11-stroke lead over second-place Bryant, and is 13 strokes ahead of third-place Fordham.

Individual Results

  • Sophomore Dawson Jones finished Day 1 in first place with a 2-under 142 (75-67). He carded the low round of the day in the afternoon (67) to move from 16th place to the top of the leaderboard. He led the field in both par-5 scoring (-9) and birdies (10).
  • Senior Billy Walthouse opened with a 69 (-3), the low round of morning. He shot a 75 (+3) the second time through to finish the day with an even 144. He will enter Tuesday's final round in a three-way tie for third place. 
  • Grad student Chris Houston is tied for eighth through two rounds. He shot a 76 in the morning and finished the afternoon round 2-under (70) for a combined 146.
  • Senior Eric Marchetti matched the low round of his career his second time through, carding a 2-under 70. After shooting a 78 in the morning, he will enter the final round tied for 15th place overall (148).
  • Freshman Burke Barsamian finished the day tied for 41st place (79-75=154). 
  • Junior Brody King, redshirt freshman Jason Short and freshman Blake DiPaola all competed as individuals, meaning their scores were not eligible to be counted toward the overall team standings. Through the first two rounds, Short tied for 12th (74-73=147), King tied for 41st (74-80=154) and DiPaola was in 72nd place (77-86=163)
  • Nine eagles were carded throughout the first two rounds, four of which came from the Rams. Short was the only golfer among the field of 78 to record two, while Jones and Houston each had one.

Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take

  • As poorly as we played in the morning, we played that well in the afternoon.
  • This was a team effort all the way. Of our eight scores that factored into the team total, four were under par - each by a different player.
  • We need to stay focused tomorrow and play Rhody golf.

What's Next
The Rams return to Quidnessett Country Club for the final round of the tournament Tuesday morning.