October 14, 2016



Providence, R.I.- Rhode Island College will be seeking its sixth Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Golf Championship in as many years this weekend when they travel to the University of Southern Maine and Gorham Country Club in Gorham, Maine for the two-day event.


RIC received four first-place votes and 76 points to lead the way in the annual GNAC coaches’ poll, as announced on Thursday afternoon by the league office. Southern Maine finished second with 67 points and four first-place nods, while Saint Joseph’s College of Maine finished third with 58 points and one first-place tally.




The Anchormen have been led this fall by junior Austin Cilley (Westerly, RI), who is averaging 76.43 strokes per round and placed in the top-10 in all five events so far this year. RIC sophomore Tom Sheran (Marston Mills, MA), the 2015 GNAC Player and Rookie of the Year, ranks among the team leaders with a 77.00 strokes per round average and will be looking to defend his medalist honors from last year.


Senior John Roderick (Hope, RI) has recorded a pair of top-five finishes for RIC and is averaging 78.80 for the Anchormen, while junior Drew Quirk (Longmeadow, MA) has also taken a pair of top-five finishes with a 79.00 average per round this season. Senior Steven Letterle (Cranston, RI) rounds out the RIC golfers heading into the GNAC Championship, competing in four events this fall with a seventh place finish at the MCLA Invitational to his credit.


The winner of the 2016 GNAC Championship will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship at Howey-in-the-Hills, FL and the Mission Inn Resort from May 16-19, 2017.