October 8, 2011



 Gorham, Maine-Rhode Island College freshman Ryan Butler (Windham, NH) closed out the first 18 holes of the 2011 Little East Conference/Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Alliance Golf Championship as the individual leader with a three-under-par 68 score at the Gorham Country Club on Saturday.


Butler holds a six-stroke lead over his teammate, freshman Patrick Ford (Halifax, MA), heading into the final day of the two-day event. Freshman A.J. Simokaitis (Falmouth, ME) and senior Brett Kapteina (Stamford, CT), both from the University of Southern Maine, sit in a tie for third with 75 cards while USM junior Josh Hogan (Falmouth, ME) and UMass Dartmouth senior Matt Connolly (Lynnfield, MA) go into the second day tied for fifth with 76 scores.



Freshman Ryan Butler


With the top two individuals and three in the top 10 overall, Rhode Island College sits atop the team standings with a 300 score through 36 holes. The Anchormen begin the second day with a slim six-stroke lead over USM while UMass Dartmouth ranks third with a 311 total.


Anna Maria College (313), Johnson & Wales University (317), Saint Joseph’s College (320), Emmanuel College (341) and Suffolk University (343) round out the group of participating institutions.


The rest of the Anchormen field included sophomore Tim Leigh (Somerset, MA), who is currently tied for ninth with a 78. Juniors Kyle Harper (Rehoboth, MA) and Kyle Garcia (Rehoboth, MA) are tied for 21st with a score of 80.


Half of the 40 individuals participating in the annual event recorded scores in the 70’s. Play resumes at the par-71, 6,555-yard Gorham Country Club course on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. The winning team earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship, which is played late next spring.