October 18, 2015


Tom Sheran Wins Individual Championship;
Named GNAC Player and Rookie of the Year

North Dartmouth, Mass.—Rhode Island College freshman Tom Sheran (Marston Mills, MA) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player and Rookie of the Year as the Anchormen claimed their fifth consecutive league title by winning the 2015 GNAC Men's Golf Championship, which was played at Allendale Country Club on Oct. 17-18.


 The Anchormen shot a two-day total of 635 (313, 322) to best second-place Worcester State (644; 319, 325) by nine strokes. UMass Dartmouth (649; 321, 328), Johnson & Wales (654; 324, 330), St. Joseph's, ME (664; 330, 334), Southern Maine (674; 334, 340), Emmanuel (695; 351, 344), Suffolk (706; 351, 355) and Albertus Magnus (773; 385, 388) rounded out the nine-team field.




It is the fifth consecutive GNAC crown for the Anchormen who secured a berth in the 2016 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships, which will be held in May. 


Sheran earned the Player of the Year Award by placing first overall to claim the medalist honors with a score of 155 (78, 77). He earned the Rookie of the Year Award by virtue of being the highest finishing freshman, and a spot on the All-GNAC Team for finishing in the top six.



Freshman Tom Sheran


 He is just the fifth Anchormen and only the second RIC freshman to win the GNAC individual title


 Senior Jonathan Cooper (Berkley, MA) secured a spot on the All-GNAC team by tying for second with a two-day score of 157 (79, 78). Cooper, who won the individual title as a junior in 2014 and was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2012, has earned a spot on the All-GNAC team in each of his four seasons on the links.


Junior Steven Letterle (Cranston, RI) finished ninth overall with a two-day score of 161 (78, 83).



Freshman Tom Sheran (second from left) & Jonathan Cooper (third from left)
and the rest of the 2015 All-GNAC Team


Sophomore Drew Quirk (Longmeadow, MA) finished 18th with a score of 165 (78, 87).


Senior Peter Camerlengo (Pembroke, MA) tied for 22nd with a score of 169 (85, 84).


 “What a great weekend for the team, cold and windy weather and bumpy greens tested everyone's patience,” Head Coach Greg Gammell said. “The guys’ experience was a big factor in this victory! Tom's two great rounds and the individual title were a terrific surprise. Having a freshman play so well when everything is on the line was a huge bonus.”


 “Coop's solid play and leadership has pushed the entire team all fall with our goal of winning this championship. He has worked hard to get No. 5.”


 "Solid play by Steve in his first GNAC Championship was fun to watch. Pete and Drew struggled a bit on opposite days, but they never gave up. That commitment to finish played a huge part in this amazing win."


 "I couldn't be prouder of the entire team. "we set a goal, worked hard at practice and achieved the goal. What else can be said? I have been very fortunate over the last five years to coach some great student athletes!"


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the 2015 New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championships on Oct. 25-26.