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August 1, 2013

 

 

 

2012-13 Rhode Island College
Menís Golf Season Summary
2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Champions
NCAA Championship Participant

 

Providence, RIóHead Coach Greg Gammellís (Career record: 28-9, .757) team finished the 2012-13 season with a 2-0 overall record.

 

The Anchormen reached the NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships for a second consecutive season, totaling a two-day score of 659 (333, 326; +87) to finish 34th overall (41 teams) at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Club on May 14-15.

 

Rhode Island College closed out the fall with a score of 316 en route to a program-record sixth-place tie (35 teams) finish at the 2012 New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championships, played at the Captains Course in Brewster, Mass. on Oct. 28.

 

Prior to that, the Anchormen captured the 2012 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship, played at Blackstone National Golf Club on Oct. 20-21, with a score of 639 (316, 323; +63) to clinch an NCAA Tournament berth for the second straight season. RIC held a seven-stroke lead over Southern Maine after the first round and increased its advantage to eight strokes in the second day of competition en route to back-to-back GNAC Championships.

 

RIC also notched first place finishes at the MCLA Invitational (Sept. 20), the Johnson & Wales Invitational (Oct. 12-13), the Wildcat Invitational (April 20-21), and the Blazers Invitational (April 24) during the course of the season.

 

 

 

Senior Brian Fitzgerald (Mansfield, MA) closed out his final season at Rhode Island College with an average score of 96.5 after competing in the RIC Spring Invitational on April 5-6. He posted a season-high score of 95 during the first day of competition.

 

As a junior in 2011-12, Fitzgerald averaged a score of 88.6 in five competitions and shot a season-best score of 83 at the Nichols Quad on September 20.

 

As a sophomore in 2010-11, Fitzgerald averaged a score of 93.6 through four competitions. He competed in two matches during the fall, averaging a score of 90.0. Fitzgerald also took part in two contests in the spring, averaging a score of 96.0. He shot a season-low score of 89 at the RIC Fall Invitational on Oct. 8.

 

As a freshman in 2009-10, Fitzgerald competed in two contests on the season and averaged a score of 95.5. He competed in one match in the fall and shot a 95, while shooting a 96 in one contest during the spring. Fitzgerald shot a season-low score of 95 at the Mitchell College Quad on Oct. 14.

 

He is a communications major and a 2009 graduate of Mansfield High School.

 

Senior Kyle Harper (Rehoboth, MA) was named the teamís MVP in his final season with Rhode Island College. He finished fifth overall and attained All-GNAC status with a score of 161 (83, 78; +17) at the 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on Oct. 20-21. In his final outing with the Anchormen, Harper tied for 148th overall with a score of 164 (77; 87; +21) at the 2013 NCAA Div. III Championships on May 14-15. He averaged a score of 79.5 through 12 competitions and fired a season-best score of 74 en route to medalist honors at the MCLA Invitational on Sept. 20.

 

As a junior in 2011-12, Harper averaged a score of 78.7 through 11 competitions. He fired a season-low score of 74 at the Johnson & Wales Wildcat Invitational on April 21. Harper earned medalist honors after shooting a 75 at the RIC Fall Invitational on Oct. 21 and was also the recipient of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Team Sportsmanship Award for his gentlemanly play during the season. He competed in the 2012 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships on May 15-16, where he carded a 173 (80, 93) to tie for 192nd place.

 

As a sophomore in 2010-11, Harper was named All-Little East/GNAC and team MVP. He saw action in 11 matches on the season, averaging a score of 80.4. During the fall, he averaged a score of 79.8 in six competitions. In the spring, he averaged a score of 81.2 in five meets. Harper shot a season-low score of 75 at the RIC Fall Invitational on Oct. 8.

 

As a freshman in 2009-10, Harper was named the Little East/GNAC Alliance Rookie of the Year and to the leagueís All-Rookie Team. He competed in 11 contests on the season and averaged a score of 82.5. Harper competed in seven matches in the fall and averaged a score of 81.4, while averaging a score of 84.2 in four contests during the spring. He shot a season-low score of 77 during the second round at the Anchorman Invitational on Apr. 3.

 

He is a physical education/health major and a 2009 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School.

 

Junior Tim Leigh (Somerset, MA) averaged a score of 80.5 through 11 competitions. He posted a 22nd place finish after carding a 168 (81, 87; +24) at the 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on Oct. 20-21 and later carded a 167 (89, 78; +24) to tie for 161st at the 2013 NCAA Div. III Championships on May 14-15. Leigh earned medalist honors to open the fall semester after firing a 75 to lead Rhode Island College to a victory over Mitchell College on Sept. 12. Two weekends later, he shot a season-best score of 73 to earn a share of medalist honors at the Blazers Fall Invitational on Sept. 26. Leigh was named the GNAC Golfer of the Week once on the season.

 

Sophomore Ryan Butler (Windham, NH) earned All-GNAC honors for a second consecutive season after winning GNAC Rookie of the Year honors the season before. After tying his season-best score of 76 on the first day of the 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship, Butler shot an 82 on the second day to finish with a third-place score of 158 (+14). He competed at the 2013 NCAA Div. III Championships on May 14-15 and placed 193rd overall with a 174 (88; 86; +31). Earlier in the season, Butler fired a 155 (76, 79; +13) and earned medalist honors at the Johnson & Wales Fall Invitational on Oct. 12-13, keyed by a season-best score of 76 on the first day of competition.  He averaged a score of 82.1 through nine competitions.

 

Sophomore Patrick Ford (Halifax, MA) averaged a score of 80 on the year through 11 competitions. He tied for 18th with a score of 166 (82, 84; +22) at the 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on Oct. 20-21 and followed that effort by tying for 12th place with a 77 (+5) to lead Rhode Island College to the highest finish in program history at the 2012 New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championships on Oct. 28. Later in the year, Ford tied for 118th place out of 210 golfers with a two-day score of 160 (83, 77; +17) at the 2013 NCAA Div. III Championships on May 14-15. He fired a season-best score of 70 on the second day of action at the 2013 Johnson & Wales Wildcat Invitational on April 20-21.

 

Freshman Peter Camerlengo (Pembroke, MA) averaged a score of 85.0 for the season through five competitions. He carded a season-best score of 78 at the MCLA Invitational on Sept. 20. Camerlengo earned GNAC Rookie of the Week honors once on the season.

 

Freshman Jonathan Cooper (Berkley, MA) was named the 2013 GNAC Rookie of the Year and earned All-GNAC honors after placing second among a field of 45 golfers with a two-day score of 156 (77, 79; +12) at the 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on October 20-21. Cooper competed at the 2013 NCAA Div. III Championships on May 14-15 and tied 177th overall with a score of 170 (85; 85; +27). He averaged a score of 80.5 through 12 competitions and carded a season-best score of 76 during the second day of competition at the Wildcat Invitational on April 21. Cooper earned GNAC Rookie of the Week honors once on the season.

 

Freshman Eddie Francis (Burlington, MA) averaged a score of 93.3 for the year in two competitions. He fired a season-best score of 91 during the second day of competition at the RIC Spring Invitational on April 5-6.

 

Freshman R.J. Soares (Dighton, MA) averaged a score of 90.5 for the season after competing in the RIC Spring Invitational on April 5-6. He fired a season-best score of 89 during the second day of competition.