College of Saint Rose team prior to the DII NCAA East Regional in West Virginia. Photo: CSR.
FIRST EVER TRIP FOR GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The College of Saint Rose Golden Knights fired its best round of the week on Wednesday, May 10, to finish 11th among 20 squads at the NCAA Division II East/Atlantic Regional Championship at the par-72, 7,114-yard course at The Resort at Glade Spring.
Scott Warren has been the College of Saint Rose men’s golf coach for five seasons.
“First off, certainly nobody comes to an NCAA Regional looking for moral victories. Our goal was to move on, but looking back it has been a great experience,” said head coach Scott Warren. “I am proud of how we competed and how well we represented Saint Rose. It is especially exciting considering we had only one senior in our group.”
That senior is Corey Purcell who led the Golden Knights with a three day eight-over-par, 224 to T15 among 107 competitors. He shot 74-75-75.
Saint Rose senior Corey Purcell finished T15 at the NCAA East/Atlantic Regional with rounds of 74-75-75=224 (+8). Photo: St. Rose.
“It is a real feather in Corey’s cap that he was able to come to this event two years in a row, and that this spring he was able to be joined by his teammates,” said Warren.
In addition to Purcell, junior Brian Pesavento and sophomore Alex Gibson both carded 13 over, 229’s for the tournament to wind up tied for 31st place. Freshman Kyle Adams finished with a three-day total of 240 while sophomore Michael Pilkington again moved in the right direction with his tournament low round of 79 to card a 243 total.
DOMINICAN TOPS FIELD
Overall, Dominican scored a three-round, total of 899 to edge St. Thomas Aquinas by one stroke to claim the team title. Charleston and Le Moyne were third and fourth respectively and will also advance to the NCAA Championship Finals May 22-26 at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, FL.
Le Moyne senior John Clare finished at one-under, 215 to garner top individual honors. Senior Chris Kupniewski of Mercyhurst and Millersville senior Connor Sheehan were the top two individuals not with an advancing team, and so they will travel to the national championship as well.
College of Saint Rose senior Corey Purcell. Photo: CSR.