Senior golf captain Joe Leavitt and junior Billy Walthouse led the University of Rhode Island golf team to a comeback, finishing in first place this past weekend at the Ryan T. Lee Memorial tournament in Connecticut.
â€œWe did not play well on Saturday,â€ head coach Gregg Burke said. â€œI knew we were six or eight strokes better than we played. I told them to just play Rhody golf and weâ€™ll win.â€
The team amassed a total score of 574 points over the course of the two-day tournament, edging Bryant University by a single stroke.
After a disappointing opening round on Saturday, Rhode Island was tied in second place. On Sunday, they tallied a final round score of 282, three strokes ahead of the runner-up.
Leavitt spurred the rally with a Â clutch play on the back nine that included four consecutive birdies. He followed up his even-par on Saturday by shooting a 69 in the final round, tying for best score of the tournament. Walthouse provided further reinforcement, with a low round of 68 on Sunday.
The powerful one-two punch of the upperclassmen was aided by freshmen Dawson Jones, whose total score tied with Walthouse.
â€œIâ€™m not surprised in the least [with Jonesâ€™ play],â€ Burke said. â€œI followed him a bunch before he came here. He is a unique talent. I think he is just as good as Billy Walthouse at his age. If he continues to learn the ropes from Billy and Joe Leavitt, then I think he is capable of being a great golfer for this school.â€
Seniors Nick Fairweather and Makenzie Denver posted final scores of +4 and +2, respectively.
â€œOur mantra is just to go back to work,â€ Burke said.
The Rams will try to build on their momentum with their next stop at the Hartford Hawks Invitational next Monday.