06.06.13: The participants tried to play Thursday at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, NY on Thursday and foursomes began teeing off at 9:00am but heavy rains made the course unplayable within a couple of hours and all 88 golfers were called-off the course due to the conditions. The cancellation means that the championship will be a 54-hole Championship rather than the planned 72 holes. This marks the first time a round has been cancelled at during the 13 years that the Division III NJCAA Golf Nationals have been held at Chautauqua. However, the Championship has been shortened to 54 holes three times: 1991 in Midland, TX and 1994 and 1995 in Greensboro, NC.
Play will resume today at 9:00am with a champion crowned at the end of the round. The knights golfers will begin at 9:32am with Nick DeSalvo (Burrillville, RI) the first to tee-off followed by Zach Sullivan (Cumberland, RI) at 9:40am and Gina Bartolotta (Wakefield, RI) at 9:48am. The final two golfers for the Knights Pat O’Connor (North Kingstown, RI) will tee off at 9:56 and Anthony Lovechio (Wakefield, RI) will tee-off at 10:04am.
On Wednesday the Knights shot a 337, 13 strokes better than their first day effort to move from 12th to 11th place in the Championship with a two-day total of 687. The top five schools after day two were Jamestown Community College (host school), from Jamestown NY who shot a 297 and 309 for 606 total followed by Vincennes University from Vincennes, IN who shot a 303 and 304 for 607, In third place was Minnesota State Community Technical College from Fergus Falls, MN shooting 310 and 304 for 614 total, in fourth place was Sandhills Community College from Pinehurst, NC shooting a 308 and 308 for 616, and in fifth place was defending national champions Georgia Military College from Milledgeville, GA shooting a 310 and 307 for 617 total.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.