SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- October 21, 2008 – The Springfield College men’s golf team completed its 2008 fall season by competing at the 74th annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships. The event attracted 215 golfers to The Captains Golf Course and its 36-hole layout in Brewster, Mass. on Cape Cod.
The NEIGA has been in existence since 1934 and includes 46 member colleges and universities in New England, and is considered to be the oldest and largest college golf tournament. It is unique in that Divisions I, II, and III compete together.
The course played to 6,610 yards and par 72.
Springfield College finished 39th of 42 finishing schools with team scores of 364-335=699 over the two-day tourney. The Pride placed 19th of 22 Division III institutions.
Senior Greg Levings (Averill Park, N.Y.) completed his fall season with rounds of 82 and 79 for a 161. That tied him for 72nd among individuals. Behind him was sophomore Craig DiFranco (East Longmeadow, Mass.) at 87-77=164, good for a tie for 95th.
Seniors Michael LaJoie and Bryan Andersen, both of whom hail from Enfield, Conn., tied for 200th with 187s. LaJoie shot rounds of 98-89, while Andersen shot rounds of 97-90. Junior J.R. Balogun (Springfield, Mass.) finished 210th at 104-92=196.
Division I Bryant University won the team tourney with a score of 313-291=604. Post University led all Division II schools with a total of 632, finishing ninth overall. Nichols College led all Division III schools at 617, tying for fourth overall. Sacred Heart (605) and Central Connecticut (609) finished second and third. Dartmouth tied Nichols for fourth at 617.
Among individuals, four tied at the end of regulation with scores of 147, three over par. A birdie by Sacred Heart University senior Matt Belizze on the first playoff hole gave him the medalist title. Others who competed in the playoff included Day 1 leader Patrick Fillian of Sacred Heart, senior Anthony Gallardo from UMass Lowell, and sophomore Alex Daley of Bryant.