05.20.13: The CCRI Knights golf team will travel to Chicopee country club in Chicopee MA to compete in the 2013 Region XXI golf tournament today and tomorrow. The Knights will compete against Dean College, Springfield, Tech, and Holyoke Community College to decide the Region XXI Championship.
The CCRI golf team finished the regular season undefeated in Region XI play with a perfect 7-0 regional record and an 11-1 overall record. Lead by Co-Captain and defending Regional Medalist (individual champion) Anthony Lovechio (Wakefield, RI) who was the team MVP last year along with Pat O'Connor (North Kingstown, RI) who is the team’s 2013 MVP and who was recognized as one of the 10 House of Representatives Outstanding Student Athlete Award winners. Joining them will be sophomore Greg North (Jamestown, RI), freshman Gina Bartolotta (Wakefield, RI), freshman Nick DeSalvo (Burrillville, RI), freshman Zach Sullivan (Cumberland, RI) and Nick "The Rock" Rocchio (East Greenwich, RI) are heavy favorites to win the Region XXI Championship. The team along with Head Coach Brian Deighan and assistant coach Jim Stringfellow have dedicated the season for Assistant Coach Paul Andrade Jr. who passed away unexpectedly earlier this spring.
Coach Deighan added "Going 7-0 will mean little if we don't finish our goal, to return to the Nationals. This season has been very special. This team has represented themselves and the college with outstanding play and sportsmanship but our work is far from done.” Deighan is himself an inspiration to the team being honored as CCRI’s Distinguished Alumnus at House of Representatives Student-athlete Award Ceremony as well as being recognized by the CCRI Department of Athletics as CCRI’ Inspirational Hero as he has battled health issues over the past few years but has always been there to lead the Knights’ golf squad to victory.
The Knights will tee off at Chicopee Country club at approximately 12nooand will play both Monday and Tuesday to decide the Region XXI Champions.
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.