Apr 08, 2019
- White Manor Country Club – Malvern, Pa.
- Par 71 Course (6,733 yards)
- First Round: Monday, April 8
- Second Round: Tuesday, April 9
- The Field: 20 teams, 104 golfers
- After the first two rounds of competition at the Wildcat Spring Invitational, Rhode Island is in sixth place in the 20-team field.
- The Rams shot a +5, 289 as a team, just two strokes behind Delaware and three strokes behind Lafayette and Colgate.
- Drexel leads the field with a -12, just ahead of second-place Akron (-10).
- Rhode Island is one of four Atlantic 10 schools in the field. La Salle is tied for ninth at +9. Fordham (+11) and St, Bonaventure (+12) sit in 13th and 14th, respectively.
- Senior Dawson Jones led the Rams with a -2 (69), which put him in a three-way tie for eighth place with Colgate's Ryan Skae and Lehigh's Owen Quinn. Jones had four birdies and just two bogeys on the day.
- Redshirt senior Brody King was one of 13 players in a logjam at +1 (72). The score was tied for 17th in the individual standings.
- Redshirt junior Jason Short and freshman Austin Fox were among 12 players to finish Day One with a +3 (74), placing both at 47th overall.
- Sophomore Chris Francoeur rounded out the Rhode Island scoring with a +6 (77), placing him in a tie for 87th overall.
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- We did not play the front nine well at all (six over) and it cost us. We had just one birdie, which is not who we are.
- I am thrilled to see Austin's progress. He had three or four bad swings all day and hung in at three over.
- I said a week ago that Jay was tough and he showed it today. He was four over after two holes and went one red the next 16.
- Brody did not play particularly well and still shot one over. That is what has made him so special over his time here. A few years ago, a day like today would mean eight or nine over, but now he scratches and claws.
- Dawson was Dawson. It will not surprise me at all to see him go low tomorrow.
- We need to make a statement tomorrow. I fully expect us to put up a red number.
Round Two of the Wildcat Spring Invitational tees off Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.