MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – It's a new era for the Johnson & Wales University men's golf team. Head coach Lou Parente has one of his youngest teams since he started the program. The Wildcats got their first taste of competition over the weekend at the Duke Nelson Invitational where they placed 19th.
JWU had a one-shot improvement during Sunday's second day of competition as they fired rounds of 326-325 for a two-day total of 651. Skidmore College won the event, hosted by Middlebury College on the Ralph Myhre Golf Course, with a 36-hole total of 588.
Leading the team in his first collegiate event was Alex Parente (North Kingstown, RI) with a 158 (77-81). His 77 on Saturday was the lowest round of the tournament for the Wildcats. Newcomer Alec Carew (Jericho, Vt.) and senior Alan Ferrara (Pawtucket, RI) tied at 164. Ferrara had the low-round on Sunday with a 79 while Carew had back-to-back 82s. Freshman Christian Maselli (Exeter, RI) rounded out the JWU contingency with a two-day total of 165 (82-83).
Johnson & Wales tees it up again on Saturday at the Williams Fall Invitational at the Taconic Golf Course.