Posted: Sep 09, 2018
- Bethpage Red Course - Farmingdale, N.Y.
- Par 70 course (7,092 yards)
- First & Second Round: Saturday, Sept. 8
- Third Round: Sunday, Sept. 9
- The Field: 14 teams, 84 golfers
- Rhode Island finished first overall, marking the fourth time in the last five years that the Rams capture their season-opening tournament.
- It also marks Rhody's second Doc Gimmler team title in the last three years as the Rams also finished first in the fall of 2016.
- Despite not having the low team round in any of the three rounds, the Rams' low-scoring consistency led them to a +1 finish overall (281-279-281=841), which was good for first place.
- URI finished three strokes ahead of regional rivals UConn and Yale, as well as Johnson & Wales (Fla.), all of whom tied for second place.
- Senior Dawson Jones was Rhode Island's top finisher, ending each round under par for a combined score of 205 (68-68-69). He led the field of 84 in both pars made (45) and par-4 scoring (-2).
- Redshirt junior Jason Short was the Rams' next finisher, firing a third-round 67 to wrap up play with a score of 211 (74-t0-67). He used a team-best five birdies on Sunday to finish the tournament tied for 11th place overall.
- Redshirt senior Brody King tied for 18th overall, going 70-72-71 to finish the three-round tournament in 213 strokes.
- Sophomore Chris Francoeur finished in a six-way tie for 30th place. After going 72-69 on Saturday, he finished with a 76 on Sunday for a three-round score of 217.
- Competing in his first collegiate tournament, freshman Austin Fox tied for 49th overall with a 10-over 220 (71-75-74).
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- This is our second Gimmler in three years and our seventh tournament championship in our last 20 events.
- I was particularly proud that we played in the final group with UConn and JWU, in the toughest part of the day, weather-wise, and never let either team take the lead.
- Dawson was terrific but Jason Short going three under in final two rounds was the difference.
- We led the field in pars, and in par-four and par-five scoring, and won despite being seventh in birdies and tied for last with no eagles. That says a lot about this group and how we play.
Rhode Island returns to action at the Hartford Hawks Invitational (Sept. 17-18).