October 21, 2012


Cooper Named Rookie of the Year
Three Earn All-GNAC Honors

Sutton, Mass.-The Rhode Island College men's golf team captured the 2012 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship with a score of 639 (316, 323; +63) after the second round played at Blackstone National Golf Club on Sunday afternoon.


The Anchormen win the title for the second consecutive season and secured a berth in the 2013 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships, which are held in May.




RIC held a seven-stroke lead over Southern Maine after the first round yesterday and increased their advantage to eight strokes, 647 (323, 324; +71) in the final standings. UMass Dartmouth placed third with a score of 655 (323, 332; +79). There were nine team competing at the tourney.


Freshman Jonathan Cooper (Berkley, MA) placed second among a field of 45 golfers with a two-day score of 156 (77, 79; +12). He was named the 2012 GNAC Rookie of the Year and earned All-GNAC honors.



 Freshman Jonathan Cooper


Sophomore Ryan Butler (Windham, NH), who was the 2011 GNAC Player and Rookie of the Year, earned All-GNAC honors once again this season by placing third with a score of 158 (76, 82; +14).


Senior Kyle Harper (Rehoboth, MA), who came into today's action tied for 13th, finished fifth overall and attained All-GNAC status with a score of 161 (83, 78; +17).



 Senior Kyle Harper


Sophomore Patrick Ford (Halifax, MA) tied for 18th with a score of 166 (82, 84; +22). Junior Tim Leigh (Somerset, MA) rounded out the RIC contingent with a 22nd place finish as he carded a 168 (81, 87; +24).


"Gene St. Pierre, my assistant, and I could not be prouder of the team," Head Coach Greg Gammell said. "Ryan Butler played great trying to defend his individual title and finishing in third. Jonathan Cooper played great in his first championship by finishing second. It is great to have a freshman play so consistently under the pressure of playing with four teammates who have done it before."




In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championships, played at the Captains Course in Brewster, Mass. on Oct. 28-29.