Jones, Rams Win Rhode Island Invitational

Jones, Rams Win Rhode Island Invitational


Tournament Info

  • Quidnessett Country Club - North Kingstown, R.I.
  • Par 72 (6,935 yards)
  • First & Second Rounds: Monday, April 15
  • Third Round: Tuesday, April 16
  • The Field: 6 teams, 43 golfers
  • Weather: 50s, sunny, windy

Team Results

  • Rhode Island claimed its third team title of the season, winning the Rhode Island Invitational by a decisive 13-stroke margin. 
  • The Rams were the only team in the field to card two sub-300 rounds, battling through rain (Monday) and high winds (Tuesday) to finish with an overall score of +34 (303-298-297=898).
  • Rhody entered the final round one-stroke ahead of Holy Cross, and distanced itself in the third round, finishing in 15 fewer strokes.
  • Bryant's A team took advantage of Holy Cross' third-round performance, leapfrogging the Crusaders to finish second overall at +47 (299-307-305=911).
  • Rounding out the seven-team field was Holy Cross (+50), Lafayette (+55), Fordham (+63), Bryant-B (+67) and Wagner (+88).

Individual Results

  • Senior Dawson Jones claimed individual medalist honors for the first time in his career. After turning in the fifth-best individual score in the opening round (74), Jones had the low round among the field of 43 in both the second (70) and third (72) rounds to finish the 54-hole event with an even 216.
  • Jones led the field in par-5 scoring (-8) and was second in par-4 scoring (+4) and pars made (35).
  • Sophomore Chris Francoeur tied for fourth overall at +6 (75-73-74=222). He was the tournament's only player to finish even on par-3 holes.
  • Redshirt senior Brody King finished sixth overall, one stroke behind Francoeur at +7 (75-73-73=223).
  • Jones, Francoeur and King combined for three of the tournament's nine eagles.
  • Redshirt junior Jason Short finished in a four-way tie for 20th place, combining for a three-round score of 237 (77-82-78).
  • Freshman Austin Fox placed 40th overall at +35 (84-82-85=251).
  • Competing as individuals, freshman Sean Taylor (80-82-78=240) and junior Burke Barsamian (77-84-80=241) finished 28th and 29th, respectively.

Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take

  • It was terrific to see Dawson come from four behind in the final round to win. He deserved this.
  • Our top three all finished in the top six. That propelled us to the win.
  • Dawson winning helps him tremendously heading into the A-10 Championship.
  • Chris is hitting the ball just about as well as anyone we've had.
  • Brody has a red hot putter right now and is playing the best golf of his life.
  • We need production from Jason, but he is razor close to shooting great numbers.
  • We need to decide on a fifth player and hope we get some support there as well.

What's Next
Rhode Island returns to action April 26-28 at the Atlantic 10 Championship. The three-round tournament will be played at the Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.