October 19, 2014



Cooper Wins Individual Title;
Joins Ford on the All-GNAC Team

Canton, Mass.-Rhode Island College won the 2014 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men's Golf Championship with a two-day score of 587 (292, 295) at at Ponkapoag Golf Course on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.


It is the fourth consecutive GNAC crown for the Anchormen who secured a berth in the 2015 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships, which will be held in May. 




 Junior Jonathan Cooper (Berkley, MA) claimed the individual championship by finishing first among a field of 40 golfers with a score of 142 (70, 72, +2). He is just the fourth Anchormen ever to achieve medalist honors at the GNAC Championships. By virtue of his finish in the top five, Cooper earned First Team All-GNAC Honors. 


 The Anchormen edged second place Johnson & Wales by nine strokes (596; 301, 295). UMass Dartmouth (602; 304, 298), Southern Maine (604; 305, 299), Suffolk (618; 309, 309), St. Joseph's (ME) (632; 327, 305), Worcester State (635; 317, 318) and Emmanuel (642; 317, 325) rounded out the eight-team field.



 Junior Jonathan Cooper


Senior Patrick Ford (Halifax, MA) earned First Team All-GNAC honors with a second place finish (143; 74, 69, +3). Ford finished first on day two with a one-under 69.


Senior Ryan Butler (Windham, NH) carded a 152 (72, 80, +12) to finish 13th.


Freshman Drew Quirk (Longmeadow, MA) tied for 14th with a score of 153 (76, 77, +13).


Junior Peter Camerlengo (Pembroke, MA) rounded out the RIC contingent in a tie for 21st with a score of 158 (81, 77, +18).


"Senior captains Patrick Ford and Ryan Butler provided tremendous leadership for the team this fall, with winning our fourth GNAC Championship as our goal," Head Coach Greg Gammell said. "Junior Jonathan Cooper won medalist honors with a two-day total of 142 for a two over par. Patrick Ford finished as the runner-up with a score of 143. The entire team was focused on this one event and to accomplish this goal is a true testament of their focus. Assistant Coach Gene St. Pierre and I couldn't be happier for the entire team, but especially the two seniors, who will be playing in their fourth consecutive NCAA National Championship in May."


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship, played at the Captains Course in Brewster, Mass. on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 26-27.