May 15, 2013



Destin, Fla.-Sophomore Patrick Ford (Halifax, MA) tied for 118th place (210 golfers) with a two-day score of 160 (83, 77; +17) as Rhode Island College tied for 34th (41 teams) at the 2013 NCAA Div. III Championships, played at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Club on May 14-15.


The Anchormen totaled a two-day score of 659 (333, 326; +87). The top 15 institutions made the cut after the first two rounds.


Senior Kyle Harper (Rehoboth, MA) tied for 148th with a score of 164 (77; 87; +21).


Junior Tim Leigh (Somerset, MA) carded a 167 (89, 78; +24) to tie for 161st.


Freshman Jonathan Cooper (Berkley, MA) registered a score of 170 (85; 85; +27), while sophomore Ryan Butler (Windham, NH) placed 193rd with a 174 (88; 86; +31).


"Patrick Ford and Tim Leigh led the team today with a 77 and 78, respectively," Head Coach Greg Gammell said. "We improved over last year results. The courses at the Sandestin Resort were both very different than the courses we normally play, water hazards on almost every hole allow little room for error."


"Senior Kyle Harper, in his final event, struggled some today. As a true team, when one struggles, others pick up their games and the team moves on. It has been a terrific year for all the members of the team and competing at the national championship for the second consecutive year has been a terrific experience for the team. Harper, a team captain, has led the team both on and off the course and has had another great year in the classroom. It has been a pleasure to coach Kyle for the last four years, he will be missed by his teammates and the coaching staff."


"With three players returning next fall that now have played in two national championships (Leigh, Ford & Butler) and freshman Jonathan Cooper playing in his first, Coach St. Pierre and I look forward to more good things in the fall. The team has learned a lot about their games and will work hard during the summer to improve their weaknesses and make them strengths as they look to capture their third GNAC Championship in a row."