Quidnessett Country Club - North Kingstown, R.I.
Par 72 (6,935 yards)
First & Second Rounds: Tuesday, April 17
The Field: 11 teams, 66 golfers
Weather: 45 degrees, cloudy, breezy
- Rhode Island claimed its second team title of the spring, tying Rollins for first overall at the Rhode Island Invitational.
- Tied for third place after the first round, the Rams combined for the low team score of the tournament the second time through, combining for an even 288.
- Overall, Rhody was +9 through the two rounds, combining for a field-leading score of 585 (297-288).
- Rollins (585), St. John's (593), Central Connecticut (594) and Lafayette (597) rounded out the top-5.
- Junior Dawson Jones was Rhody's top finisher, and one of just three golfers to finish the two rounds under par, combining for a 1-under 143 (73-70). He led the field of 66 with nine birdies on the afternoon and had one of tournament's seven eagles.
- Freshman Chris Francoeur finished one stoke behind Jones, registering an even 144 (73-71). He was -1 in par-3 scoring and collected six birdies on the afternoon.
- Redshirt junior Brody King tied for 16th place, finishing with a 5-over 149. He opened with a 78 and shot a season-low 71 in the afternoon round.
- Redshirt sophomore Jason Short finished one stroke behind King, tying for 20th place with a 5-over 150 (74-76).
- Freshman Bobby Weise tied for 41st place, finishing 11 strokes over par at 155 (77-78).
- Sophomores Burke Barsamian and Blake DiPaola competed as individuals and finished 35th and 64th, respectively. Barsamian finished with a two-round score of 154 (76-78) while DiPaola combined for a 169 (87-82).
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- Once again, we followed a round we should have played better with an incredible comeback.
- Dawson and Chris continue to shine, but Brody was the star of the day for his seven-stroke turnaround with a red number when we needed it most.
- Jason was a few swings away from great scores as well.
- The guy I may be most proud of yesterday was Bobby. He really hit it well but didn't score as well as he can. But he hung in there at the end of each round and it made all the difference.
- Kudos the Quidnesett for all it did to accommodate us in difficult weather conditions.
The Rams return to action April 27-30 at the Atlantic 10 Championship. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at the Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.