Posted: Apr 29, 2018
- Grand Cypress Golf Club - Orlando, Fla.
- Par 72 (7,024 yards)
- First Round: Friday, April 27
- Second Round: Saturday, April 28
- Third Round: Sunday, April 29
- The Field: 11 teams, 55 golfers
- Weather: 85 degrees, sunny
- Rhode Island finished third among the field of 11, ending the 54-hole tournament with a team score of 902 (308-297-297).
- The third-place finish is URI's best since also placing third at the 2008 A-10 Championship.
- The Rams were one of just two teams to register a pair of sub-300 rounds during tournament, combining for a 297 on both Saturday and Sunday. Davidson, which claimed the team title, was the other (300-294-297=891).
- Rounding out the top-5 were second-place Dayton (300-302-295=897), fourth-place VCU (303-309-292=904) and fifth-place Richmond (304-309-295=908).
- Redshirt junior Brody King battled Davidson's Michael Blasey for individual medalist honors throughout the final day of competition. The Tulsa, Okla. native had sole possession of the top spot on the leaderboard until bogeying the eighth hole and picking up a double bogey on the ninth. That allowed Blasey to take, and hold onto, the No. 1 position for good. Trailing by four strokes after 14 holes, King carded an even 5 on the 15th, while Blasey triple bogeyed to trim his advantage to just one with three holes remaining. Blasey closed with three straight pars while King was +1 through the final three holes to finish the tournament two strokes off the lead.
- King's second-place performance over the three-day tournament (72-73-75=220) was without question the best of his career. Entering the weekend, had recorded just one top-15 finish in 12 events played over the last three years.
- King's runner-up finish is the best by a Ram at the A-10 Championship since David Spitz finished second in 2004. The redshirt junior is now just the eighth golfer in program history to finish second or better at the conference tournament. He joins an elite group of Rhody golfers which also includes Spitz (2nd-2004), Michael Sims (2nd-2001, 1st-2000), Jim Salinetti (2nd-1997), Dave Carlson (2nd-1995), Mike Harrington (1st-1994), Derek Breau (2nd-1003) and Pat Horgan (1st-1980).
- In two prior A-10 Championships - both of which were also played at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando - King had finished 43rd (+10 in 2017) and 41st (+23 in 2016).
- Junior Dawson Jones and freshman Chris Francoeur tied for 14th place as each recorded an 11-over 227. Jones went 76-78-73 to climb six spots over the final day of competition. Francoeur, meanwhile, went 80-72-75 to finish third among all A-10 freshmen.
- Jones also was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team - for the second year in a row - following the conclusion of the championship. The All-Conference award is voted on by the league's 11 head coaches and takes into account each competitor's play throughout the entire season.
- Redshirt sophomore Jason Short tied for 22nd overall, finishing with a 14-over 230 (82-74-74). He birdied four holes during the third and final round to sit at 2-under through 11, but bogeyed four of the last seven to finish the day +2.
- Freshman Bobby Weise tied for 42nd place with a final score of 237. His best round of the tournament (77) came on Sunday after recording back-to-back 80s on Friday and Saturday.
- Just three eagles were recorded throughout the entirety of the conference championship, two of which came from Rhode Island. Redshirt sophomore Jason Short, freshman Bobby Weise and Fordham's Josh Madarang all carded a 3 on the par-5 11th hole, during the second round of play.
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- Finishing third, and ahead of the likes of Richmond, VCU, George Mason and George Washington, is a major accomplishment. We faced a strong final round from some very good teams but held them off. I could not be prouder of all the guys.
- Brody was special the past few days. He scratched and clawed and was in the hunt every round.
- We have all five guys coming back, two veterans in Burke and Blake, as well as two incoming freshmen who will fight to be immediate starters.
- It was a solid spring with two wins, a second-place finish, and now third in the conference championship.
- Time to study for exams and get back into our strength and conditioning work through the spring and summer state and USGA competition.