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October 27, 2014

 

MEN'S GOLF WINS NEIGA DIV. III CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Cooper Earns First Team All-New England Honors

Brewster, Mass.-Junior Jonathan Cooper (Berkley, MA) placed fourth overall with a two-day score of 150 (76, 74; +6) to earn First Team All-New England honors as Rhode Island College captured the Div. III title at the 80th Annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championships played at the Captains Course on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 26-27.

 

The Anchormen, who won the 2014 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship for the fourth consecutive season on Oct. 19, finished the tournament with a score of 615 (316, 299; +39). Second-place Babson finished 14 strokes behind RIC with a score of 629 (319, 310; +53) in the 22-team field. It is the first time in program history that RIC has finished first among Div. III institutions.

 

 

 Junior Jonathan Cooper

 

Senior Patrick Ford (Halifax, MA) tied for eighth overall with a score of 154 (79, 75; +10). Classmate Ryan Butler (Windham, NH) tied for 11th with a score of 155 (81, 74; +11).

 

Freshman Drew Quirk (Longmeadow, MA) tied for 20th with a score of 158 (80, 78; +14). Junior Pete Camerlengo (Pembroke, MA) tied for 27th with a score of 160 (84, 76; +16).

 

 "The combined play of all five players this weekend was a testament to their hard work and dedication all season," Head Coach Greg Gammell said. "They came in relaxed, but focused on the goal and backed up last week's conference championship with more strong play and an incredible win for our program. Continued strong play by Jonathan Cooper and Patrick Ford anchored the team. Solid play by Ryan Butler, Pete Camerlengo and Drew Quirk, especially on Monday, was the overriding factor in our win in the oldest collegiate golf tournament in the United States. This was a true team win, all the members of the team are responsible for this great season and that is what makes Coach St. Pierre and I most proud."

 

The Anchormen are off for the remainder of the fall and will resume action in the spring in preparation for the 2015 NCAA Div. III Menís Golf Championships to be held in May.

 

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