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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
Release: September 11, 2016
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Tournament Details:
Ryan T. Lee Memorial Collegiate
Dates: September 10-11, 2016, Two Rounds
Location: Simsbury, CT
Course: Meadow Country Club
Course Vitals: Par-72, 6,915 yards

SIMSBURY, CT – In its first event of the fall season, the Monmouth University men’s golf team scored back-to-back rounds of 310 en route to a 12th place finish at the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Collegiate, held at the par-72 Hop Meadow Country Club this weekend.

Senior Tommy Whelan (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown West) paced the Hawks over the 36-hole event, firing rounds of 75 and 77 for a total of 152 and a share of 29th overall. Sophomore Drake Ferriter (Ramsey, NJ/Bergen Catholic) completed the tournament three strokes behind Whelan with 155 after rounds of 77 and 78, while junior Kyle Burke (West Sayville, NY/Sayville [Sacred Heart]) posted 75 and 82 to finish with 157. Junior Chase Makowski (Dallas, PA/Holy Redeemer) and senior Jesse Hazam (Mechanicsburg, PA/Mechanicsburg) both carded 161 over the two-day event.

“Our goal is to break 300 and shooting 310 both rounds is not going to get the job done. We have to have more consistency from our fourth and fifth guys and have someone go low if we want to be able to compete. We will take what we learned this weekend and build from it as we prepare for our next tournament.” – Head Coach Dennis Shea

- It was the first time that Whelan has led the Blue and White in an event.
- It was Burke’s 12th time in his Monmouth career he has carded a round of 75 or better.
- Sophomore Patrick Lehrkinder (Little Silver, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) competed as an individual, posting 164.

The Field:
2016 marked the largest field in the history of the event, with 14 colleges representing seven different states and provinces traveling to Connecticut. Six teams from the Northeast Conference (2016 NEC Champion Wagner, Central Connecticut State, Bryant, LIU Brooklyn, Sacred Heart and St. Francis) are joined by MAAC teams Fairfield, Manhattan, Monmouth and Rider. Fordham (A-10 Conference), Bentley (NE-10), Holy Cross (Patriot League), and 2012 Canadian University National Champions Laval University complete the 14-team field.

Team Leaderboard:
1. Bryant 288-290; 578
2. Wagner 296-296; 592
3. CCSU 294-299; 593
4. Manhattan 297-297; 594
5. Fordham 296-300; 596
6. Fairfield 301-301; 602
T7. Bentley 301-308; 609
T7. Sacred Heart 301-308; 609
9. St. Francis PA 302-309; 611
T10. Rider 308-305; 613
T10. LIU Brooklyn 306-307; 613
12. Monmouth 310-310; 620
13. Holy Cross 310-311; 621
14. Laval 299-323; 622

Monmouth’s card (# = individual)
T-29 Tommy Whelan 75-77; 152
T-44 Drake Ferriter 77-78; 155
T-52 Kyle Burke 75-82; 157
T-65 Chase Makowski 84-77; 161
T-65 Jesse Hazam 83-78; 161
T-70 Pat Lehrkinder # 79-85; 164

Monmouth returns to the links on September 25-26th for the George Mason Invitational, which will be held at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, VA.


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