KINGSTON, R.I. – As the calendar turned to September and the Rams made their way back to Rhode Island for move-in weekend, Rhody Golf head coach Gregg Burke took a moment to reflect on the competitive success his student-athletes had over the summer months.
"Once again, our golfers used their time away from campus to test themselves at the highest level," Burke said. "The incoming freshmen - Austin Fox and Sean Taylor - played in tournaments on four different golf courses that have hosted multiple US Opens, as well as the PGA Championship, and each qualified for a national championship."
In his first four tournaments this summer (New York PGA Junior Championship, New York Open Qualifier, New York Amateur Qualifier and PGA Junior Nationals Qualifier) Fox was the medalist. He was one of just two high schoolers to compete in the New York Open at Bethpage Black. He also played in the PGA Junior National Championship at Valhalla Country Club, where he missed the cut by one stroke.
Taylor took home medalist honors at the USGA Junior Championship Qualifier and played in the US Junior Championship at Baltusrol. He also competed in the Carter Cup at Winged Foot.
Rhody's veteran players made noise throughout the summer months as well.
Senior Dawson Jones finished fourth in defense of his title at the New Jersey Amateur. He also made it to the quarterfinals of the Metropolitan Golf Association (N.Y./N.J./Conn.) after finishing third in the qualifying rounds. He combined to shoot six under in back-to-back tournaments and tied for 34th at the Met Open Championship.
Sophomore Chris Francoeur played in 10 tournaments and collected five top-10 finishes. He was medalist at the New England Amateur Qualifier and runner up at the Ouimet Championship Qualifier.
Redshirt junior Jason Short also qualified for the New England Am, and finished third (-5) in Rhode Island Stroke Play.
Redshirt senior Brody King made the cut at Oklahoma Stroke Play and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the Oklahoma Amateur.
Junior Burke Barsamian was medalist at the Illinois Amateur qualifier, with a 66.
"All in all, it was terrific summer for us," Burke added. "The way these guys played determines our ranking going into the season. I'm very pleased with the progress we made."