Posted: Mar 18, 2019
- Cape Fear National Golf Club - Leland, N.C.
- Par 72 course (6,850 yards)
- First & Second Rounds: Sunday, March 17
- Third Round: Monday, March 18
- The Field: 9 teams, 51 golfers
- Rhode Island finished first overall, marking the Rams' first team win of the spring season and second of the 2018-19 campaign.
- The Rams had three individual golfers finish among the tournament's top-4.
- Entering the final round of play just one stroke ahead of second-place South Carolina Beaufort, Rhody distanced itself enough to claim the team title by six strokes.
- The Rams finished +20 overall, combining for a team score of 884 (293-291-300).
- South Carolina Beaufort (+26), Appalachian State (+64), Towson (+65) and North Carolina A&T (+95) rounded out the top-5.
- Sophomore Chris Francoeur claimed the individual title, finishing the tournament with an even 216 (74-70-72). He was the only golfer among the field of 51 to finish with a negative score (-2) on par-4 holes. The next closest competitor (senior Dawson Jones) was +2 on par-4 holes.
- Jones turned in the low round of the day on Monday, carding a 70 to jump from sixth place into a tie for second overall (72-75-70=217).
- Senior Brody King placed fourth with a three-round score of 219 (71-72-76). He led the field of 51 in par-5 scoring (-7) and birdies made (12).
- Francoeur, Jones and King all were named to the All-Tournament Team.
- Redshirt senior Jason Short fell from ninth to 15th place after shooting an third-round 82. Overall, he finished +16 (76-74-82=232).
- Freshman Austin Fox tied for 37th overall at +36 (89-81-82=252).
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- We made it tougher than we had to over the final six holes, but this was a terrific performance for us. This was a very hard golf course.
- I have said many times that winners step up in the final round, and that is exactly what Chris and Dawson did today.
- Chris hit the ball as well as anyone we've ever had for 54 holes. He is on the verge of being like Billy Walthouse for us. Billy is the most complete golfer we've ever had, so if Chris develops a few more shots and continues his progress as a putter, he could have a career like Billy's.
- In the end, as always, it was a team win. Brody gave us two magnificent rounds and Jason saved us yesterday by settling the ship after a rough start.
- We head back home after 10 days of really hard work. We have a dogfight at the top, a great #3 in Brody and a solid #4 in Jason. We need someone to emerge as our #5 player.
Rhode Island returns to action at the FAU Spring Championship, March 29-31. The event will be played at the Osprey Point Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla.