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May 23, 2016

 

2015-16 Rhode Island College Menís Golf
Season Summary

Providence, R.I.-Head Coach Greg Gammellís (Career Record: 29-11, .725) Anchormen reached the NCAA Div. III Menís Golf National Championships for the fifth consecutive season, shooting a two-day score of 628 (316, 312) to finish in 25th place (41 teams) on May 10-11. The 25th-place effort at the National Championships is the highest finish for the Anchormen in program history.

 

Senior Jonathan Cooper (Beverly, MA) became the first Anchorman to make the cut as an individual at the National Championships, qualifying as one of the six lowest scoring individuals on a team that didnít make the cut after the first two rounds.

 

The Anchormen wrapped up the fall portion of their schedule with a two-day score of 618 (307, 311) to capture their second consecutive New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Div. III Championship with a first place finish (22 teams) on Oct. 25-26.

 

Prior to the NEIGA Championship, the Anchormen captured their fifth consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) title. RIC recorded a two-day 635 (313, 322) on Oct. 17-18. With the victory, RIC secured its spot in the NCAA Championships for the fifth consecutive season. RIC finished first out of the eight teams at the GNAC Championships.

 

RIC also secured victories at the MCLA Trailblazer Invitational (Sept. 15), the Westfield State Tournament (Oct. 8) and at the RIC Invitational (Apr. 1).

 

Gammell was named the GNAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Anchormen to their fifth consecutive league championship. It is the fifth consecutive season Gammell has received the honor (2015 ,í14, í13, Ď12, í11).

 

 

 

Senior Peter Camerlengo (Pembroke, MA) averaged a score 82.0 during 12 events on the season. His season low score of 76 came on the second day of the NEIGA Championship on Oct. 26. Camerlengo carded a two-day score of 170 (88, 82; +27) to finish in a tie for 192nd at the NCAA Championships on May 10-11.

 

As a junior in 2014-15, Camerlengo 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2013-14, Camerlengo averaged a score of 85.1 through nine competitions. He tied for 145th overall with a score of 160 (82, 78) at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships on May 13-14. Camerlengo fired his season-best score of 78 during the second day of competition at the NCAA Championships.

 

As a freshman in 2012-13, Camerlengo 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.

 

Camerlengo is a criminal justice major with a minor in sociology and a 2012 graduate of Pembroke High School.

 

Cooper 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.

 

He finished second at the GNAC Championships with a two-day score of 157 (79, 78). Cooper captured the New England crown to lead the Anchormen to their second consecutive NEIGA Div. III New England title by shooting a two-day 147 (73, 74). He finished in a tie for 46th, while becoming the first RIC golfer to make the cut at the NCAA Div. III National Championships (74, 74, 78, 84). He averaged a score of 76.6 in 12 competitions for the season, while shooting a season-low 72 on two separate occasions. Cooper earned a pair of medalist honors on the season. He was also named the GNAC Golfer of the Week on one occasion.

 

As a junior in 2014-15, Cooper 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2013-14, Cooper attained First Team All-GNAC status by tying for fourth overall with a score of 152 (77, 75; +10) at the 2013 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships on Oct. 19-20. In the spring, he shot a 151 (77, 74) to lead all RIC golfers with a 70th place finish at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships on May 13-14. Cooper posted a score of 151 (76, 75; +9) to earn individual medalist honors at the 2014 Wildcat Spring Invitational on April 18-19. He averaged a score of 78.1 through 14 competitions and fired a season-best score of 74 on two separate occasions.

 

As a freshman in 2012-13, Cooper 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.

 

Cooper is a computer science major and a 2012 graduate of Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School.

 

Senior Eddie Francis (Burlington, MA) averaged an 89.0 in one event on the season. His season-low score of 89 came at the RIC Invitational on Apr. 1.

 

As a junior in 2014-15, Francis competed in one event on the season, recording a two-day score of 186 (93, 93) at RIC Invitational on April 3-4.

 

As a sophomore in 2013-14, Francis averaged a score of 87.3 through four competitions. He fired a season-best score of 84 on two separate occasions.

 

As a freshman in 2012-13, Francis 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.

 

Francis is a business management major and a 2012 graduate of Burlington High School.

 

Senior John Roderick (Hope, RI) averaged a score of 86.0 in one event on the season. He shot an 86 at the RIC Invitational on Apr. 1.

 

As a junior in 2014-15, Roderick 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2013-14, averaged a score of 86.3 in five competitions. He fired a season-best score of 80 during the first round of the RIC Spring Invitational on April 4.

 

Roderick is a management major with a minor in psychology and a 2012 graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School.

 

Senior R.J. Soares (Dighton, MA) averaged a score of 83.0 in two competitions on the season. He shot a season-best score of 80 at the RIC Invitational on Apr. 1.

 

As a junior in 2014-15, Soares 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2013-14, Soares averaged a score of 84.5 for the season after competing in the RIC Spring Invitational on April 4-5. He fired a season-best score of 83 during the second day of competition.

 

As a freshman in 2012-13, Soares 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.

 

Soares is a psychology major with a minor in communications and a 2012 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School.

 

Junior Steven Letterle (Cranston, RI) averaged a score of 79.8 during 11 competitions on the year. His season-low of 73 came on the opening day of the NEIGA Championships on Oct. 25. He finished in a tie for 129th with a two-day score of 160 (78,82; +17) at the NCAA Div. III National Championships May 10-11.

 

Sophomore Matt Burke (Wakefield, RI) averaged a score of 82.0 in two events on the season. His season low score of 78 came at the RIC Invitational on Apr. 1.

 

Sophomore Austin Cilley (Westerly, RI) averaged a score of 83.4 for the season, while competing in four events. His season-low score of 78 came at the MCLA Trailblazer Invitational on Sept. 15.

 

Sophomore Drew Quirk (Longmeadow, MA) averaged a score of 82.9 during eight events on the season. His season-best effort of 75 came at the Westfield State Tournament on Oct. 8. Quirk shot a two-day score of 162 (83, 79; +19) at the NCAA Div. III National Championships May 10-11.

 

Freshman Mike Caparco (Johnston, RI) competed in one event on the season, notching an 85 at the RIC Invitational on Apr. 1.

 

Freshman Tom Sheran (Marston Mills, MA) was named the GNAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, while also earning All-GNAC accolades, by virtue of his first place finish at the GNAC Championships on Oct. 17-18. He shot a two-day score of 155 (78, 77) to capture medalist honors and secure the programís fifth consecutive GNAC Championships. He averaged a score of 79.0 during 11 events on the season. Sheran shot a season-best 73 to capture medalist honors at the Westfield State Invitational on Oct. 8. Sheran carded a two-day score of 158 (81, 77; +15) to finish in a tie for 104th at the NCAA Div. III National Championships on May 10-11. He was named the GNAC Rookie of the Week once on the season.

 

Freshman Tim Welles (Newington, CT) averaged a score of 85.0 in one event on the season. He carded an 85 at the MCLA Trailblazer Invitational on Sept. 15.