Posted: Sep 24, 2017
- Quechee Club - Quechee, Vt.
- Par 72 course (6,840 yards)
- First Round: Saturday, Sept. 23
- Second Round: Sunday, Sept. 24
- The Field: 14 teams, 86 golfers
- Rhode Island jumped from 11th to seventh place during the final round of competition at the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge.
- The Rams knocked 12 strokes off of their opening-round 305 (+17), combining for a 293 (+5) on Sunday.
- Drexel claimed the team title, finishing the day 12-under par (276). The Dragons made the day's biggest jump, climbing from sixth place to first to beat second-place Princeton by one stroke.
- Harvard (+10), Cornell (+11) and Central Connecticut (+12) rounded out the top-5.
- Fordham - the only other Atlantic 10 team in the tournament - placed 11th overall (+30).
- Freshman Chris Francoeur made the biggest jump of the day among the field of 86, moving up 36 spots from 59th to 23rd place. After carding an opening-round 78 on Saturday, he responded with a 2-under 70 on Sunday. His combined 148 (78-70) put him at +4 for the tournament.
- Junior Dawson Jones was -1 through his first six holes of the second round, but bogeyed the 16th and 17th before tripling the 18th. He finished the day with three birdies for a 2-over 74. Overall, Jones tied for 27th place (75-74=149).
- Sophomore Burke Barsamian turned in the best finish of his young career, tying for 27th place overall. After shooting a 75 on Saturday, he came back and fired a 1-over 73 on Sunday to climb up nine spots on the leaderboard.
- Freshman Bobby Weise tied for 41st place, carding a 76 in both rounds.
- Redshirt sophomore Jason Short was +5 through his first nine holes, but managed to stay even on his second nine. He tied for 64th overall (79-77=156).
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- This was another case of too little too late for us.
- We played much better, and had the third-best round of the day. Plus, we left an awful lot of shots out there.
- This was a coming out party for Burke, who finished second on the team both days. What makes it even more impressive is that he knew he had to play well to lock in his spot, which he did wonderfully.
- Chris had a terrific day today at two under. When he plays conservatively, and keeps his head in the game, he is terrific.
- The Rams return to action at The Connecticut Cup. The two-day event will be hosted by UConn and held at Ellington Ridge Country Club, Oct. 9-10.