Leigh & Anchorman Win 2013 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship
Cranston, R.I. – Senior Tim Leigh (Somerset, Mass.) was individual champion and earned Player of the Year, finishing first among a field of 40 golfers, as Rhode Island College captured its third consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Golf Championship on Sunday afternoon at Cranston Country Club.
The Anchormen finished first in the nine-team field with a two-day score of 609 (305, 304; +41). RIC will head to the 2014 NCAA Div. III Men’s Golf Championships, which will be held at The Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., in May. It is the club's third straight league title and NCAA Championship appearance.
RIC entered the day two strokes behind Southern Maine, but made up the ground to outdistance second place UMass Dartmouth (623: 310, 313; +55) by 14 strokes.
Southern Maine (624: 303, 321; +56) and host Johnson & Wales (625: 306, 319; + 57) rounded out the top four.
“First off, Assistant Coach Gene St. Pierre and I couldn’t be more proud of our team, all 10 guys!” RIC Head Coach Greg Gammell said afterwards. “Tim Leigh led the charge this weekend with a great round yesterday and backed it up with a very solid performance today under tougher, windy conditions. The returning players from last year were very focused today in response to being behind by two shots after the first day of play. They were very relaxed this morning but were determined as they warmed up. Coach St. Pierre and I are very fortunate to have assembled a terrific bunch of players and we feel fortunate to work with them at practice and to see these results is just terrific! We look forward to working with them in the spring as we prepare for the national championships in May, but we will set our sights on improving on past performances at the New England Championships next weekend.”
Leigh earns All-GNAC honors by shooting a two-day score of 147 (71, 76; +15). Sophomore Jonathan Cooper (Berkley, Mass.) also attained All-GNAC status by tying for fourth overall with a score of 152 (77, 75; +10).
Junior Patrick Ford (Halifax, Mass.) shot a score of 153 (77, 76; +11) and tied for seventh. Classmate Ryan Butler (Windham, N.H.) placed 15th with a score of 157 (80, 77; +15).
Freshman Corey Patalano (Cranston, R.I.) tied for 23rd with a score of 166 (80, 86; +24).
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the 2013 fall season by competing at the 2013 New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championships held at the Captain’s Course in Brewster, Mass., on Oct. 27 and 28.