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October 26, 2015

 

RIC WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE

NEIGA DIV. III CHAMPIONSHIP
Jonathan Cooper Wins Individual Championship

Brewster, Mass.Rhode Island College senior Jonathan Cooper (Berkley, MA) won the individual championship and helped the Anchormen claim their second consecutive New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Div. III Championship on Oct. 25-26.

 

Cooper, who picked up his second All-New England honor, carded a two-day score of 147 (73, 74; +3) to finish first among a field of 110 competitors.

 

Rhode Island College, which won the title a year ago, started the day two strokes behind Babson, but carded a two-day score of 618 (307, 311; +42) to finish six strokes ahead of the Beavers and Salem State in a 22-team field.

 

 

 

 It was the 81st Annual NEIGA Championship and was played at the Captains Course.

 

The Anchormen, who won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference title for the fifth straight time on Oct. 18, are off until the spring. Rhode Island College will also be competing at the NCAA Div. III National Championships for the fifth consecutive campaign in May.

 

 

 Senior Jonathan Cooper

 

Junior Steven Letterle (Cranston, RI)  tied for seventh overall with a score of 153 (73, 80; +9).

 

Senior Peter Camerlengo (Pembroke, MA) tied for 22nd with a score of 157 (81, 76; +13).

 

Sophomore Drew Quirk (Longmeadow, MA) tied for 48th with a score of 161 (80, 81; +17).

 

Freshman Tom Sheran (Marston Mills, MA) tied for 55th with a score of 163 (82, 81; +19).

 

"Senior captain Jonathan Cooper played great for two days and rallied his teammates to come from two shots back after round one for a second consecutive title," Head Coach Greg Gammell said. The guys struggled a bit finishing on Sunday, but he kept them motivated and the result speaks for itself. 

 

 "A great first round by Steve and a solid finish to round two after a tough start proves his desire to succeed. Pete and Drew each had a couple of tough holes during the tournament, but they never gave up. Their desire was the difference in this victory."

 

 "Tom struggled a bit after a great tournament last weekend on courses he hasn't played before. Look for him to play great at the NEIGA's next year. It was awesome to win the tournament in back-to-back years and beat so many Div. I and Div. II teams. Our program has come so far and it's very rewarding to coach such a great group of student athletes."

 

 

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