Rhody Golf Celebrates Season at Annual Awards Banquet

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - The Rhode Island golf program held its annual Golf Outing and Awards Banquet at Quidnessett Country Club in celebration of a remarkable spring semester.  The Rams played in four tournaments, winning two and finishing second and third in the other two.  The third place finish was at the Atlantic 10 Championship where the Rams had been picked seventh by the league's coaches.  In finishing third, Rhody defeated four of the five southern league schools. 
"We went through an awful lot together first semester, head coach Gregg Burke said. "But instead of caving into poor golf and some discipline issues, the guys worked even harder and came together.  We played in four tournaments and lost to just three teams combined.  It is great to think we'll have everyone back next year, as well as two recruits who will have immediate impact."
Player of the Year honors went to All-Atlantic 10 honoree, junior Dawson Jones, who is also the defending New Jersey Amateur Champion. 
"While Dawson had a solid year for us, and by most people's standards a very good year, he is capable of so much more," Burke said. "He is recognized as one of the five best players in the A-10 but that isn't enough for him.  He will use this season as fuel all summer to come back and prove he is the best player in the league."
The Scholar-Athlete Award went to redshirt sophomore Jason Short
"Jason was tied for Medalist at Lafayette, where he led us to the comeback victory," Burke noted. "He owns a 3.90 cumulative GPA as an Industrial Engineering and Business major .  He is the consummate student-athlete."
The Friend of Rhody Golf Award was give to URI graduate Paul Kenyon who covered URI Golf for more than 20 years for the Providence Journal.
"Paul is a dear friend who exemplifies the glory days of local sports coverage," Burke shared. "His knowledge of local golf is unmatched."
The Harry Amaral Award went to Rhody athletics business manager Noreen Disandro.
"Noreen has been a tremendous help to the  financial challenges and ultimate growth of the golf program," Burke said. "She is one of the wonderful people who care deeply about the student-athlete experience and will do everything in her power to help us succeed."

The Mike McCampbell Spirit of Rhody Golf Award is presented each year to a team member who displays courage, leadership and spirit.  This year's award went to Sandra McCreight, longtime supporter of the program.

"When we started this award eight years ago, it was to honor Michael, who lost his battle with brain cancer a little more than a year after he graduated," Burke explained. "It was designed to go to a team member exclusively. Sandy and her husband Don have always been wonderfully supportive in every way possible, but this year Sandy was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer and was in the fight of her life.  She was an inspiration to us and one of the reasons we had such a great second semester.  Through the chemo and the dark days, she still took time to write or message us almost every single week. She is remarkable."