Rhody Ties for Fourth at Hartford Hawks Invitational

Photo Credit: Julie Fletcher
Photo Credit: Julie Fletcher

Tournament Info

  • Bull's Bridge Golf Club - South Kent, Conn.
  • Par 72 course (6,992 yards)
  • First & Second Rounds: Monday, Sept. 18
  • Third Round: Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • The Field: 20 teams, 116 golfers

Team Results

  • Rhode Island finished the second round in seventh place but used a final-round 290 to jump up three spots on the leaderboard and tie Army West Point for fourth overall.
  • URI's third-round 290 (+2) was the second-lowest team round of the day. Only team champion UCF was better with a 282 (-6).
  • Overall, Rhody finished the three-round tournament four strokes over par with a combined 868 (288-290-290).
  • UCF claimed the team title, finishing 28-under (836). Seton Hall (-3) and UConn (-2) rounded out the top three.

Individual Results

  • Junior Dawson Jones tied for eighth place overall, carding back-to-back even 72s after opening with a 69. He was one of just 19 golfers - among the field of 116 - to finish the tournament under par (-3).
  • Redshirt sophomore Jason Short also finished under par, tying for 16th place wit a 1-under 215 (72-68-75).
  • Freshman Bobby Weise turned in his best round of the tournament on Tuesday, carding a 3-under 69. His combined 219 (72-78-69) tied for 31st place overall.
  • Freshman Chris Francoeur tied for 43rd place, shooting 76-72-74 to finish 6-over at 222.
  • Sophomore Burke Barsamian opened with a 75, but recorded back-to-back 79s in the second and third rounds to finish in a tie for 88th place (233).

Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take

  • I could not be more proud of our effort. We asked the guys to really step up today simply because we felt we were as good as anyone in the field, aside from UCF. Only UCF beat us in the final round and we made the biggest leap in the field (up 3 spots).
  • Four-over is our best three-round score in our eight years playing at this event, and we did it with the youngest team we've ever fielded here. So, that's definitely a positive takeaway.
  • Individually Dawson bounced back from the Gimmler, even without his best stuff, and Jason really had a great tournament as well.
  • Once again, Bobby proved he is tournament ready, even as a freshman. He has tremendous focus and course management, and a maturity like Billy Walthouse had as a freshman.
  • We play a very different style golf course next week, which will be fun. We have just one day of practice before we leave, so we'll have some decisions to make on what the lineup will be with just that one day to see who is ready.

What's Next
The Rams head north to Vermont for the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge, Sept. 23-24.