Golf readies for NEC Championships
By Jeremy Schilling
April 30, 2008
HAMDEN — The Quinnipiac Bobcats Golf team played twice in the last week as they gear up for this weekend’s Northeast Conference Championships. In the Peacock Invitational held on April 22 in Neshanic Station, NJ, the Bobcats finished 9th out of 12 teams. And in the Northeast Invitational held on April 24-25 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, they finished 3rd out of 10 teams, their best finish of the spring season so far.
At the Peacock, the Bobcats finished with a team score of 320. Monmouth University won that portion of the competition with a score of 295, a 5 stroke win over Rider. Individually the Bobcats were led by Jayson Loranger who carded an 18-hole score at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course of 76. That gave Loranger a 9th place finish overall in the individual portion of the competition. He was followed by Ryerson Stinson who shot 78, Ryan Reynolds with 79, Ben Cook with 87 and Kyle Chumas with 91.
At the Northeast Invitational held on the Green Valley Golf Course, the Bobcats shot a team score of 608 tying them with Central Connecticut State for 3rd place. The winner was Bryant University who shot a team score of 590. Individually for the Bobcats they were led by Brady Giroux who shot a 36-hole score of 146 that left him with a 4th place finish in the individual competition. He was followed by Charlie Niland with a 152, Jayson Loranger with a 155, Ian O’Connor with a 156 and Ryan Reynolds with a 162.
Now the Bobcats look to cap their season off right with a good showing at the Northeast Conference Championships this weekend.
“We had two good showings at the tournaments and I feel very eager and optimistic about the conference tournament this weekend. The guys are playing better than they have all season. We have three sub par rounds this season and I know we can add to that list,” head coach John O’Connor said.
“Ian O’Connor and Ryan Reynolds shot two under par rounds and Brady Giroux shot three under par at the URI event,” O’Connor continued. “Freshman Charlie Niland is beginning to show that he can go low while walk-ons Jayson Loranger and Ryan Reynolds have both had top ten finishes. The conference has seven good teams and any one of the teams can win. I’m hoping its Quinnipiac!”
If O’Connor’s hopes come to fruition they will have to do it this weekend, May 2-3, on the Hershey Links Golf Club in Hershey, PA. Tee Times both days start at 9 a. m. After struggling out of the gate and for most of the season, the Bobcats will be looking to end their season on a high note with a good showing in front of the best the Northeast Conference has to offer. Now they just need to execute and go low.