Biddeford, Maine – The Johnson & Wales University men's golf team put together a historic run on their second look at the Biddeford Saco Country Club Golf Course to finish the runner up in the Great Northeast Athetic Conference men's golf championships on Sunday. Heading into day two, the Wildcats were third and were chasing thirteen strokes for the top spot and the need for a top level run was clearly on the mind. JWU delivered and shot a 294, which broke the GNAC record for lowest score on a second day (of which JWU held with a team score of 295 in 2014). The 294 is the second lowest single-day score in conference history as well.
JWU did their part to put pressure on the leader going into day two, the Univeristy of Southern Maine. The Huskies, however, would not be denied as they shot 299 on Sunday for a tournament total 596 besting the Wildcats 604. Tristan Dundas was the top golfer in the tournament as he shot a total 145 for Southern Maine.
JWU's Hunter DiLorenzo finished a stroke back of Dundas with a 146 for second and a seat on the GNAC all-conference team. Teammates Nico Ciolino and Mac Patch also grabbed spots on the all-confernece selection with Ciolino finishing third overall with his 148 and Patch fourth with his 150. Ciolino bettered his first day score by six strokes, advancing five spots from day one, and was named the GNAC Rookie of the Year when it was all said and done. Ryan Malloy and Alex Parente finished off the JWU side with a 162 and a 163 respectively.
The Wildcats now adjust their focus to the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association championships on Saturday, October 19th at the Captain's Course in Brewster, Massachusetts.
GNAC All-Conference team selection from JWU:
GNAC Rookie of the Year: Nico Ciolino