Rhode Island Finishes Play at the 18th Annual Adams Cup

Rhode Island Finishes Play at the 18th Annual Adams Cup

Sept. 20, 2011

Final Results: Adams Cup

18th Annual Adams Cup of Newport - Final Results

Setting the Scene:
Course: Sept. 19 (36 holes), Newport National Golf Club (par 72/7,244 yards); Sept. 20 (18 holes), Carnegie Abbey Club (par 71, 6,675 yards)
Weather: Sept. 19, Mostly cloudy, 65 degrees, wind - calm; Sept. 20, overcast and drizzle, 64 degrees, wind - SW at 9 mph
The field: 19 teams, 95 total golfers

The Adams Cup of Newport is a two-day, 54-hole tournament held on Sept. 19-20. The first two rounds of play were held on Sept. 19 at Newport National Golf Club, while the final 18 holes will be played at Carnegie Abbey Club on Sept. 20.

Top Performers:
* UCF used a blazing final round to defend its Adams Cup team title. The Golden Knights shot 275 over the final 18 holes - good for 9-under par as a team - en route to becoming the first team to repeat at the Adams Cup. For the tournament, UCF set a new 54-hole team standard with a score of 842 (288-279-275). The previous record was held by New Mexico (854) in 2001.

UCF's Ricardo Gouveia took individual medalist honors. The sophomore from Almacil, Portugal got better as the tournament progressed. He opened with a 2-under 70, followed up by a 4-under 68 during the 36 holes at Newport National on Sept. 19. He tied for the low round of the tournament with a 5-under 66 at Carnegie Abbey. His total of 204 tied for the lowest 54-hole aggregate score in Adams Cup history (2008, Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M). Teammate Brad Schneider (70-71-68=209, -6) finished third overall.

Rhode Island golf alum Bryce Wallor and his team joined Minnesota, Texas A&M, and Michigan State as the only schools to win multiple Adams Cup crowns.

* Georgia - the defending national champions - finished second overall in the team standings, with a score of 851 (289-275-287). Bryden Macpherson was the individual runner-up, finishing with a total score of 206. After an even-par 72 in his opening round, the junior from Melbourne, Australia carded rounds of 66 (-6) and 68 (-3) to close out strong.

* For the first time in the history of the Adams Cup, the final 18 holes were contested at the Carnegie Abbey Club, located in Portsmouth, R.I.

* Yale (860) finished third as a team, followed by Texas Tech (864) in fourth place, with Villanova and Division II power Nova Southeastern tying for fifth place, each registering scores of 871.

Rhode Island's Individual Results:
* The Rams finished 12th overall in the team standings, with a total score of 894. URI improved its team scoring in each of the three rounds, opening with a first round 303, followed by a score of 299 before closing the tournament with a 292.

* Jared Adams and Taylor Fontaine led the way for Rhody, tying for 42nd place overall with a score of 224. After an opening round 77, Adams closed strong, carding a second round 73 and a final day 74. Fontaine posted back-to-back 76's at Newport National before settling in with a 1-over 72 at Carnegie Abbey on Tuesday.

* Branden Chicorka carded the low-round of the tournament for the Rams, with a 1-under 70 during Tuesday's final round. He finished in a tie for 49th place (81-75-70=226).

* Andrew Fiorenzano tied for 56th place (76-75-77=228), followed by Matt Montt who tied for 67th place overall in his first collegiate tournament (74-82-76=232).

What's Next:
Rhode Island returns to action on Sept. 26-27 at the Hartford Hawks Invitational, held at the Bulls Bridge G.C. in Kent, Conn.