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August 12, 2015

 

2014-15 Rhode Island College Menís Golf Season Summary

Providence, R.I.-Head Coach Greg Gammellís (Career Record: 29-10, .744) Anchormen reached the NCAA Div. III Menís Golf National Championships for the fourth consecutive season, shooting a two-day score of 620 (303, 317) to finish in a 28th place tie (41 teams) on May 12-13. The 28th place finish ties the highest finish for the Anchormen at the event (2013-14).

 

RIC rounded out the fall portion of their schedule with a two-day score of 615 (316, 299) to capture their first-ever New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Div. III Championship with a first place finish (22 teams) on Oct. 26-27.

 

Prior to the NEIGA Championships, the Anchormen captured their fourth consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) title. RIC recorded a two-day score of 587 (292, 295) on Oct. 18-19. With the victory, RIC secured its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Div. III Championships. The Anchormen placed first among the eight-team field.

 

Rhode Island College also earned first place finishes at the MCLA Invitational (Sept. 18), Blazers Invitational (Sept. 20-21), Westfield State Invitational (Sept. 30), Hampton Inn Invitational (April 10-11), Blazers Spring Invitational (April 22) and the Rich Korzec Invitational (April 28) on the season.

 

Gammell was named the GNAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Anchormen to their fourth consecutive league championship. It is the fourth consecutive season Gammell has received the honor (2014, í13, Ď12, í11).

 

 

 

Senior Ryan Butler (Windham, NH) shot a 152 (72, 80; +12) to finish 13th at the GNAC Championship Oct. 18-19. He shot a 156 (73, 83; +12) to finish in a tie for 114th at the NCAA National Championships May 12-13. Butler averaged a score of 80.2 through 12 competitions and carded a season-low 72 during the opening round of the GNAC Championship on Oct. 18.

 

As a junior in 2013-14, Butler placed 15th with a score of 157 (80, 77; +15) at the 2013 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships on Oct. 19-20. He tied for 99th with a score of 154 (76, 78) at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships on May 13-14. Butler averaged a score of 79.5 through 14 competitions and fired his season-best score of 73 during the first round of the 2014 Wildcat Spring Invitational on April 18.

 

As a sophomore in 2012-13, Butler 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.

 

As a freshman in 2011-12, Butler was the GNAC Champion and earned All-GNAC honors by capturing the individual title with a score of 142 (68, 74) among a field of 40 competitors at the 2011-12 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on October 8-9. His two-day total of 142 was a record score for the championships. For his efforts, he was named the GNAC Player and Rookie of the Year and was also named team MVP. He averaged a score of 79.5 through 13 competitions. Butlerís season-best score of 68 came in the first round of the GNAC Championship on October 8. He competed in the 2012 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships on May 15-16, where he carded a 166 (81, 85) to tie for 169th overall.

 

Butler is a finance major and a 2011 graduate of Salem High School.

 

Senior Patrick Ford (Halifax, MA) was named First Team All-GNAC following a second place score of 143 (74, 69; +3) at the GNAC Championship on Oct. 18-19. He shot a 153 (74, 79; +9) to finish in a tie for 78th at the NCAA National Championships on May 12-13. Ford averaged a score of 76.9 thru 12 competitions on the season, with his season-low round being a 69 on the second day of the GNAC Championship. He captured medalist honors for the second consecutive season, shooting a 75 at the MCLA Invitational on Sept. 18. Ford also took home medalist honors with a 73 (+1) at the Rich Korzec Invitational on April 28.

 

As a junior in 2013-14, Ford earned Second Team All-GNAC honors after finishing with a score of 153 (77, 76; +11) to tie for seventh place at the 2013 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships on Oct. 19-20. He wrapped up the spring by tying for 162nd overall with a score of 163 (77, 86) at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships on May 13-14. Ford shot a 74 (+3) to pick up medalist honors at the Trailblazer Invitational on Sept. 19, fired a season-best score of 72 (E) to earn medalist honors at the RIC Fall Invitational on Oct. 4, and carded a 36 through nine holes to claim medalist honors at the rain-shortened 2014 Rich Korzec Memorial Invitational on April 15. He averaged a score of 78.6 through 14 competitions and was named the GNAC Golfer of the Week twice on the season.

 

As a sophomore in 2012-13, Ford averaged a score of 80 in 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.

 

As a freshman in 2011-12, Ford earned All-GNAC honors after placing seventh with a score of 153 (74, 79) at the 2011-12 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships. He averaged a score of 78.0 through 13 competitions. Ford fired a season-best score of 72 at the Nichols Quad on September 20 and then again in the first round of the Johnson & Wales Fall Invitational on October 22. He captured medalist honors at both of those competitions, while also earning medalist honors at the Anna Maria tri-match on October 4 with a score of 77. Ford competed in the 2012 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships on May 15-16, where he carded a 166 (79, 87), which tied him for 169th.

 

Ford is a communications major and a 2011 graduate of Silver Lake Regional High School.

 

Junior Peter Camerlengo (Pembroke, MA) averaged a score of 79.8 in 12 competitions on the season. He shot a season-best 75 (+3) at the Blazers Spring Invitational on April 22. Camerlengo carded a 167 (82, 85; +23) to finish 187th at the NCAA National Championships on May 12-13.

 

Junior Jonathan Cooper (Berkley, MA) was named to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Div. III PING Northeast All-Region Team, First Team All-New England, team MVP and First Team All-GNAC,  while also being crowned the GNAC Player of the Year by virtue of his first place finish at the GNAC Championship. He finished first among a field of 40 golfers to lead Rhode Island College to its fourth consecutive league title on Oct. 18-19. Cooperís low round of the year came on the first day of the GNAC Championship when he shot an even-par 70.  Cooper finished in a tie for 57th with a two-day score of 151 (74, 77; +7) to lead Rhode Island College at the NCAA National Championships played on May 12-13.

 

He 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 NEIGA Championships played on Oct. 26-27. Cooper averaged a score of 75.6 in 12 competitions on the year.

 

Junior Eddie Francis (Burlington, MA) competed in one event on the season, recording a two-day score of 186 (93, 93) at RIC Invitational on April 3-4.

 

Junior John Roderick (Hope, RI) finished with an average of 82.8 in two competitions on the season. He shot a season-low 77 on the first day of the RIC Invitational on April 3.

 

Junior R.J. Soares (Dighton, MA) competed in one event on the season, averaging an 89 for the year. He shot a season-low 84 on day one of the RIC Invitational on April 3.

 

Sophomore Jonathan Ducharme (Marshfield, MA) was a reserve on the team.

 

Freshman Drew Quirk (Longmeadow, MA) averaged a score of 81.2 in 11 contests on the year. He shot a season-low 76 on day one of the GNAC Championship on Oct. 18. Quirk finished in a 14th-place tie with a score of 153 (76, 77; +13) at the GNAC Championship on Oct. 18-19. He finished in a tie for 154th with a two-day score of 161 (84, 77; +17) at the NCAA National Championships on May 12-13.