KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island golf program held its annual postseason golf outing and awards banquet at Quidnessett Country Club earlier this week, and honored a number of players and program supporters.
"As a team, we won three tournaments this year, so that always makes for an exciting night," head coach Gregg Burke said. "Additionally, is always special to have the opportunity to hear the seniors speak at this event.
"I would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Quidnessett Country Club, for providing us with the perfect place for our event. The golf course was in superb condition and the venue, service and food are as good as anywhere in the state."
The following awards were presented:
Harry Amaral Memorial Award Recipient: Retired Associate Athletic Director John Vanner
"This award is given to a URI staffer who goes above and beyond in supporting the golf program. John was the golf program's sport administrator for over 30 years, spanning multiple head coaches. His contribution to the program's success is obvious." - Gregg Burke
Paul C Academic Excellence Award Recipient: Jason Short
"An Engineering major with a 3.90 GPA, Jason won the award for the third time. He has one year of eligibility remaining and will finish is MBA here next year.
Jason did just about everything for us as captain. In the classroom, he excelled as always. For his electives took graduate courses. Not many student-athletes take on that challenge." - Gregg Burke
Michael McCampbell Spirit of Rhody Golf Award Recipient: Brody King
"Brody was like Michael in so many, many ways. They both had a unique love of golf, team and fun. We will miss Brody a great deal next year."
Quigley Statistical Champion and Paul Cieurzo Outstanding Player Award Recipient: Dawson Jones
"Dawson graduates as one of the 10 best players in URI history. He is a three-time All-New England, All-Atlantic 10 and All-Northeast selection. He also became the first-ever URI golfer to win the athletic department's Elizabeth Holmes Award, which is presented each year to the most outstanding graduation senior who has combined exceptional scholastic achievement with outstanding athletic ability. He was an eight-time Dean's List honoree and is one of just three URI golfers to be named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar. He finished his senior campaign year scoring under par and has the lowest career scoring average in at least the last 15 years. Dawson Jones was part of 10 team titles throughout his career, which is remarkable."