06.10.13: The CCRI Knights golf team finished play at the 2013 NJCAA Division III Golf National Championship at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, NY. The Knights finished in 11th place with a total team score of 1,028 over the 54-hole Championship (tournament shortened to 54 after third round Thursday was cancelled due to unplayable course because of rain). The top five teams were led by Champion Vincennes University from Vincennes, IN who shot a 910, followed by Sandhills Community College from Pinehurst, NC in second place with a 914. In third place was host school Jamestown Community College shooting a 915, in fourth was Minnesota State Community Technical College from Fergus Falls, MN shooting a 916 and in fifth place was Georgia Military College from Milledgeville, GA shooting a 918.
As a team the Knights shot a 1,028 over the 54-hole Championship and were led by Co-Captain Anthony Lovechio (Wakefield, RI) who shot a team-low 237 shooting an 84, 79 and finished with an impressive 74 on the final round, the Knights low round of the Championship to finish in 42nd place overall individually. Lovechio was followed by fellow Co-Captain and team MVP Pat O’Connor (North Kingstown, RI) who shot a 244 with an 84 first round, followed by an 81 and he broke into the 70’s with a 79 on his final round to finish in 56th place individually. O’Connor was followed by the first woman ever to participate at the Division III Golf National Championship Gina Bartolotta (Wakefield, RI), whose scores were used for every round, as she shot a 93 first round, followed by an 87 and a 97 giving her a three-day total of 277 to finish in 83rd place. Bartolotta was followed by Nick DeSalvo (Burrillville, RI) who shot an 89 followed by a 101 and a 91 to finish tied for 84th with teammate Zach Sullivan (Cumberland, RI) who shot a 93 followed by a 90 and 98 as they both finished with a three-day score of 281.
Individually, the top five golfers to finish the Championship were: Individual Champion Ethan Chamineak from Georgia Military with a 216, second place Aaron Rondon from South West Wisconsin Tech with a 217, in third was Darren McCormack Suffolk County CC with a 222, in fourth was Nick Thompson of Sandhills CC with 223 and Drew Chaddock from Jamestown CC also with a 223.
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.