Posted: Sep 08, 2019
- Seven Oaks Golf Club - Hamilton, N.Y.
- Par 72 (6,834 yards)
- First & Second Rounds: Saturday, Sept. 7
- Third Round: Sunday, Sept. 8
- The Field: 18 teams, 96 golfers
- Playing with a four-man lineup and therefore unable to drop a low score, Rhode Island finished 13th among the field of 18.
- Rhody combined for its low team round of the tournament in the final round, carding a 296.
- Overall, the Rams finished 37-over (301-304-296=901).
- Cornell claimed the team title, finishing with a +16 880.
- The only other Atlantic 10 team among the field of 18 was St. Bonaventure, which finished in 12th place - one stroke better than URI.
- Junior Chris Francoeur claimed the individual title, blowing away the rest of the field with a -7 finish. His three-round score of 209 (71-70-68) was six strokes better than runners-up Jake Sollon (Rider) and Ryan Tall (Lafayette).
- Francoeur's third-round 68 was the only sub-70 round of the day on Sunday, as he birdied five holes and bogeyed just one.
- Through 54 holes, Francoeur led the field in par-4 scoring (-4) and birdies (12). He was second overall in par-5 scoring, at -7.
- The medalist honors are the second of Francoeur's career as he also finished atop the leaderboard at last year's Cape Fear National Intercollegiate.
- Sophomore Austin Fox shot even in the final round to climb 34 spots on the leaderboard and finish in a tie for 52nd place at +13 (77-80-72=229).
- In his first tournament as a Ram, redshirt sophomore Brandon Gillis tied for 59th place, finishing one stroke behind Fox (73-78-79=230).
- Freshman Bryson Richards tied for 72nd in his first collegiate tournament, ending competition at 17-over (80-76-77=233).
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- Chris was in total command of his game this weekend. This was a dominating performance. He has begun to understand how good he can be.
- Playing with just four guys made it impossible for us to win. If we had Jordan in the lineup, given Chris' great score, we would have been right there.
Rhode Island returns to action next weekend at St. John's annual Doc Gimmler tournament. The 54-hole event will be played at Bethpage Red in Farmingdale, N.Y.